(Pocket-lint) – Microsoft has a brand new Windows on Arm development computer available and it bears more than a slight resemblance to Apple’s Mac mini. And that is a good thing.
The machine that Microsoft calls Windows Dev Kit 2023 was originally known as Project Volterra but the goal is still the same – Microsoft wants to make it easier for developers to build programs for Windows on Arm, and to do that, they need a machine to do it.
That machine is one that looks a lot like a Mac mini, but with decidedly non-Apple hardware inside. There is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 platform coupled with 32GB of RAM and a 512GB NVMe SSD. There are not many ports, but the important ones are present. That means a pair of USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 ports on the side and two USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 ports on the back. There, developers will also find an Ethernet port joined by a Mini DisplayPort as well.
Beyond that, there’s a neural processing unit that should allow developers to get down and dirty with machine learning and AI as and when the need arises.
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Those with the Windows Dev Kit will have access to special Arm versions of Microsoft’s software, including Teams, Office, OneDrive and more.
Microsoft’s new box of tricks is now available in the UK, US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany and Japan with a price set at $599 / £570 / €699.
Writing by Oliver Haslam.