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Microsoft is reportedly closing an exclusive deal with Qualcomm for Windows on Arm

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Qualcomm has reportedly reached an exclusive agreement with Microsoft for Arm licensing for Windows. In 2016, both companies launched Windows on Arm laptops, and so far we haven't seen any devices launched that don't use Qualcomm chips. Qualcomm has reached an exclusive deal for Windows on Arm, but that deal is about to expire, XDA-Developers reports.
The report comes just days after Mediatek held an executive summit with members of the media last week to share its ambitions to make its own Windows chips in Arm PCS.
If Microsoft's exclusive deal with Qualcomm is coming to an end, it could open the door for more vendors to support Windows on Arm. Samsung, Mediatek, and even Apple's M1 chips could eventually support Windows.
Although you can run Windows on Apple's M1 Macs through its Parallels Desktop virtual machine software, Apple does not support Boot Camp on M1 Macs, and Microsoft licenses only the Arm version of Windows to PC makers. However, it remains to be seen whether Microsoft will license Windows on Arm to Apple, or whether Apple will support such a scenario.
Microsoft is also designing its ARM-based processors for servers and future Surface devices. The software giant began working on the new chips more than a year ago, and reports say they will be used primarily on servers for Microsoft's Azure cloud service.
Most of the processors Microsoft currently uses in its Azure cloud service are Intel-based, and the company uses Intel chips for most of its Surface line. Microsoft did break with tradition by partnering with AMD and Qualcomm to customize chips for its Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro X devices. Microsoft is even rumored to be working with AMD on arm-based laptop processors.