Microsoft Announces Native Visual Studio On Arm
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Monday, 30 May 2022

Microsoft has announced plans for an end-to-end Arm native toolchain including full Visual Studio 2022, Visual Studio Code, Visual C++, Windows Subsystem for Linux, Windows Subsystem for Android and .NET. 

The announcement was made at Microsoft's Build 2022 conference, where they also announced “Project Volterra”, a Windows 11 on Arm developer kit.


At the moment, Visual Studio can run on ARM-powered devices via x64 emulation, though some features are not currently supported on ARM. Microsoft hasn't recommended running Visual Studio on devices that use ARM-based processors, and instead recommend remotely targeted ARM devices.  The new native Visual Studio for Arm will overcome this restriction, The next Visual Studio preview will run natively on Arm64 Windows 11 and will support building and debugging Arm64 apps directly on Arm-based devices. Alongside the 'native toolchain', Microsoft has also promised support for Arm64 in OpenJDK, Python, LLVM, Node and Git.

Microsoft made other Arm-related announcements at Build, including Project Volterra, a new device powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon, which is Arm based. 

Microsoft says that using Project Volterra, you will be able to explore many AI scenarios via the new Qualcomm Neural Processing SDK for Windows toolkit, which was announced by Qualcomm at the same time.



The Qualcomm Neural Processing SDK for Windows o Snapdragon can be used by developers to run one or more neural network models trained in Caffe/Caffe2, ONNX, TensorFlow, TensorFlow Lite and Pytorch on Windows on Snapdragon platforms. It provides tools for model conversion and execution as well as APIs for targeting the core. The SDK supports convolutional neural networks and custom layers.

Microsoft says the next preview of Visual Studio, including Arm support, will be available in the next few weeks.


More Information

Visual Studio Website

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