Some commits have been spotted which suggest that Microsoft and Google engineers are working together on a version of the popular Chrome browser with support for Windows on ARM. It was previously suggested by a Qualcomm executive that an ARM version of Chrome for Windows 10 is being developed. It does appear that both companies have been working together on this.

The commits, spotted by 9to5Google, suggest that Microsoft engineers are working together with the development of Chrome for Windows 10 on ARM. It’s a much needed version of the Chrome browser as the absence of a native version for ARM has been strongly felt.

It goes without saying that Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers for the Windows 10. It doesn’t have a native version for ARM right now. Microsoft did remove the Chrome installer from the Windows Store last year as it was in violation of some store policies. They’re the policies which limit other browsers to using Microsoft’s Edge rendering engine so they can’t bring their own.

This means that the native Chrome support for Windows on ARM may not be available through the Windows Store unless Microsoft relaxes some of these restrictions. What the two companies are collaborating on could help improve performance for other Electron-based apps like Slack and Visual Studio Code that use parts of Chromium.

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