Microsoft has launched its mini PC for Windows developers

October 25, 2022
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The first mini PC from Microsoft is here. Project Volterra is the name of the game here, with this tiny device also going by as the Windows Dev Kit 2023 as it finally launches.

Redmond is aiming this small machine at Windows developers that are looking to bring their apps to ARM powered devices in order to help populate this category among consumers. This new device offers everything that developers need to build their software for the Windows on ARM platform.

The Dev Kit was originally introduced earlier this year at the BUILD 2022 conference.

It is based upon the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 Compute Platform, which is paired with 32GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. You also get three USB-A and two USB-C ports alongside a Mini DisplayPort that opens the possibility to connect up to three monitors, including two at 4K 60Hz.

This device is now the face of Microsoft’s ARM native toolkit that includes preview versions of Microsoft Visual Studio 2022 version 17.4, the Windows App SDK, and .NET Framework 4.8.1.

Additionally, the powerful Qualcomm Neural Processing SDK is also part of the package, and this gives developers access to the advanced AI capabilities of the platform like voice isolation and bokeh image capturing features of the Surface Pro 9.

This new lineup, as you be aware, now comes in both Intel and ARM flavors.

The launch of this little machine will go a long way in opening up the path for developers to easily bring their experiences to those that have opted for Windows devices based on the ARM processors. This, in turn, should help make Windows on ARM a more attractive choice.

The Windows Dev Kit 2023 costs $599, and you can order one right here.

As of this writing, it is available in eight countries, namely Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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Developers · Development · Featured · Hardware · Launch · Windows on ARM

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