In the latest preview versions of the Google Chrome browser on the Canary testing channel got discovered Version for Arm-based computers with Windows 11.
Microsoft has long supported the Arm version of its Chromium-based Edge browser, but Google itself has shown no signs of supporting these processors in the Windows environment. This resulted in owners of Windows PCs with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon chips having to run Chrome through an emulator at reduced performance.
The difference between the Arm version of Edge and the standard x86 version of Chrome on an Arm-based Windows computer is significant. The first runs as fast as any computer with an x86 processor, but the second is significantly slower. At the same time, Google has long supported Arm processors on Chromebooks and there is a version of ChromeOS optimized for Qualcomm chips.
Microsoft was able to release an Arm version of Edge by sacrificing Google’s Widevine DRM system. Other Chromium-based browser developers retained Google’s DRM system, so there were virtually no alternatives to Edge in the Windows on Arm environment. 2024 could mark the beginning of a new era in Windows laptop history: Qualcomm promises to surpass Apple, Intel and AMD; and ARM processors from NVIDIA and AMD could come onto the market in 2025. Google’s involvement in this process can make a big difference.