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Windows Dev Kit 2023

Bring your entire app development process onto one compact device with Windows Dev Kit 2023. It is purpose-built to help developers create Windows apps easily and efficiently for Arm.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Today, if a developer wants to build an app that targets Arm, they generally write their code and build the app binaries on a x64 Windows PC, and then copy the built binaries over to an Arm device upon which to run or test the app. If they need to debug the app, they have to hookup a remote debugging session from their x64 PC.

    Windows Dev Kit 2023, as an Arm-powered device powered by the Snapdragon® 8cx Gen 3 compute platform, will enable Windows developers to build, test and debug Arm-native apps alongside all their favorite productivity tools, including Visual Studio, Windows Terminal, WSL, VSCode, Microsoft Office and Teams. 
  • Enterprise developers will be able to enjoy developer workflow that is just as effective and efficient as what they are used to today.

    By using these Arm native tools, enterprise developers will be able to build apps and experiences that natively target Arm devices.
  • Windows Dev Kit 2023 will have the following ports:
    • 2x USB-C USB 3.2 Gen 2
    • 3x USB-A USB 3.2 Gen 2
    • Mini-Display Port (supporting HBR2) connecting to primary monitor
    • Ethernet Port (RJ45) 
  • Windows Dev Kit 2023 has a power button and UEFI button.
  • You will be able to rack and stack these devices in your own on-site dev and test labs. You can stack up to 2 devices for efficient testing.  
  • We strongly recommend the following instructions:

    1. Plug-in attached PSU whenever possible (to minimize SPU fuse burnt out and Bitlocker function in the long run) 
    2. USE mini-DP as primary display port (display connected to USB-C ports will not have UEFI boot menu on screen and takes longer for screen to light up)
    3. Use active mini DP to HDMI dongle if connect to display via HDMI 
  • Windows Dev Kit 2023 device, PSU Box, PSU Cable, Warranty & Compliance Guide 
  • The Arm64 version of Visual Studio 2022 Preview was recently released which, along with .NET7, will be available by end of year 2022. Additional Arm-native tools will be released in the coming months.
    • IDEs
      • VSCode (Available now)
      • Visual Studio 2022 (now in preview, will be available by end of year 2022)
    • Tools
      • WinDBG
      • Git
    • Libraries
      • VC++ Runtime Libraries (Now in preview)
      • Many OSS libraries are and will be ported to natively target Arm64
    • Runtimes & Frameworks
      • .NET 6 (Available now)
      • .NET 7 (Now in preview, will be available by end of year 2022)
      • OpenJDK Java (Available now)
      • Python, Node JS (Porting underway)
      • CLANG/LLVM, GCC (Porting underway)
    • Cloud services
      • Azure Arm VMs (Available now)
      • Stand-alone Runner Agent (Details coming late summer 2022)
      • GitHub & Azure DevOps cloud hosted CI/CD (Details to follow)
  • You can install:

    Other tools will follow when they become available.

  • Yes, you can install VSCode and Visual Studio 2022 Preview using the instructions above, and you can install many other tools which should work via emulation and will work better when they are fully ported to natively target Windows on Arm in the future.
  • When we use the term “inferencing” in context of Artificial Intelligence, we’re referring to the process of running or executing a trained neural network model in order to make a prediction. Hybrid inferencing describes the ability to run these trained models on either “the edge” (locally on a physical device) or in “the cloud” (remotely in an Azure VM). The ability to do either is a powerful concept as the cloud gives us advantages such as infinite size and compute whereas the edge can be advantageous when it comes to latency, economics and security.
  • Windows Dev Kit 2023 is a Windows development kit powered by the Snapdragon® 8cx Gen 3 compute platform. This is a device built by Microsoft and like many of our devices such as Xbox, HoloLens, Microsoft PC accessories and Microsoft Adaptive Accessories, it is not branded as Surface.
  • Our goal is to empower developers to create how they want, from AI to web to native apps and from cloud to client. With software like Windows 11, and hardware like Windows Dev Kit 2023, there is no limit to what developers can do.
  • The Azure free account is available to all new Azure customers who haven't previously had an Azure free account and received a $200 credit.
  • You can apply your credit to try services that are not in the free list, or to use more than your free amounts of any services.
  • No. Starting is free. You won't be charged anything unless you decide to move to pay-as-you-go pricing.
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