Microsoft is following in the footsteps of one of its biggest competitors and is said to be working on its own silicon-based ARM like Apple. This ARM-based processor is used in Microsoft Azure cloud servers and Surface laptops.
Microsoft currently uses Intel processors for its Azure cloud services and most of its Surface laptops. Recently, the company has teamed up with AMD and Qualcomm to provide computer chips for the Surface Laptop 3, Surface Pro X, and several other devices that intend to move away from Intel.
If the latest developments prove true, this could be a major blow to Intel, especially as Intel’s server chips currently power the server market. Intel also has a majority stake in consumer computer chips. AMD has managed to beat this market with its own processors in recent years.
The Verge contacted Microsoft for comment on the rumors and the company didn’t deny it, which means most likely. Frank Shaw, Microsoft’s director of communications, said:
“Because silicon is a foundational building block for technology, we’re continuing to invest in our own capabilities in areas like design, manufacturing and tools, while also fostering and strengthening partnerships with a wide range of chip providers.”
Microsoft currently uses Qualcomm’s arm-based chips in some of its surface computers. He ported Windows to work on the type of chip commonly used in smartphones. Apple also uses Arm technology in its processors. Other Surface models use Intel chips.