December 1, 2022

Windows 2023 SDK (“Project Volterra”) Debuts as Arm Device for Developers – Visual Studio Magazine


Windows 2023 SDK (“Project Volterra”) debuts as Arm device for developers

Microsoft launched the Windows 2023 SDK yesterday to help developers build Windows apps to run on Arm-powered devices.

Formerly called “Project Volterra”, the kit was showcased at Microsoft’s Build conference in May, when the company said it “will allow developers to take advantage of the powerful built-in Neural Processing Unit (NPU) to create apps that run AI-accelerated local workloads.As an Arm-powered device powered by the Snapdragon Compute Platform, it will allow Windows developers to build, test, and debug Arm-native apps with all of their favorite productivity tools, including Visual Studio, Windows Terminal, WSL, VSCode, Microsoft Office, and Teams.”

The centerpiece of the kit is an arm-powered device with the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 compute platform and using the Qualcomm Neural Processing SDK, along with 32GB of RAM and 512GB of fast storage, multiple ports including the Built-in Wi-Fi 6. , physical Ethernet, 3x USB-A, 2x USB-C and a Mini Display Port for connectivity to devices, displays and networks. Also comes with Windows 11 Pro and a one-year limited hardware warranty, it’s now on sale for $599.99, but only in eight countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, UK and United States.

Windows Stacked SDKs 2023
[Click on image for larger view.] Windows Stacked SDKs 2023 (source: Microsoft).

Microsoft has taken a big step into the Arm arena, so the kit joins this list of Arm-native development tools:

  • IDE
    • VS Code (Available Now)
    • Visual Studio 2022 (now in preview, will be available by the end of 2022)
  • Tools
  • Libraries
    • VC++ runtime libraries (now in preview)
    • Many OSS libraries are and will be ported to natively target Arm64
  • Runtimes and frameworks
    • .NET 6 (Available Now)
    • .NET 7 (now in preview, will be available by the end of 2022)
    • OpenJDK Java (Available Now)
    • Python, Node JS (port in progress)
    • CLANG/LLVM, GCC (Port in progress)
  • Cloud services
    • Azure Arm VMs (available now)
    • Standalone Agent Runner (details to come late summer 2022)
    • CI/CD hosted in the GitHub cloud and Azure DevOps (details to follow)

“Enterprise developers will be able to enjoy a developer workflow just as effective and efficient as they are accustomed to today,” Microsoft said. “Using these Arm-native tools, enterprise developers will be able to build apps and experiences that natively target Arm devices.”

Microsoft said more apps, tools, frameworks, and ported packages to natively target Windows on Arm are expected to arrive over the coming months. “In the meantime, with Windows 11’s powerful emulation technology, developers will be able to run many unmodified x64 and x86 apps and tools on their Windows SDK,” the company said.

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