Microsoft would be designing its own computer chips

They would be processors for its cloud services and for the Surface line of equipment. With the decision, he would be following in the footsteps of Apple, which has already introduced computers with its M1 chip.

Microsoft, the world’s largest software maker, is moving away from Intel to work on its own processors. This was reported by Bloomberg on the afternoon of this Friday.

Microsoft, the world’s largest software maker, is moving away from Intel to work on its own processors. This was reported by Bloomberg on the afternoon of this Friday.

According to the agency, which cites sources familiar with the matter, the chips are based on designs by Arm, a UK multinational specializing in semiconductors, and will be used in computers running the company’s cloud services, Azure. Microsoft would also be working on a chip for its Surface line of personal computers.

According to specialized portals such as The Verge , Microsoft uses Intel-based processors for most of its Azure cloud services. In fact, Intel is one of the leading chip vendors in the server market, so this would be quite a significant change.

“Microsoft has worked with AMD and Qualcomm to obtain custom chips for its Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro X devices, showing its willingness to move away from just Intel,” the outlet said.

The company co-founded by Bill Gates would be following in the footsteps of Apple, which introduced last November the first computers that carry its own chips, with which it promises better performance with lower power consumption. The Mac line of computers had been using Intel processors since 2005.

In addition, Amazon, which competes with Microsoft in the cloud technology market, launched its own Graviton2 processors a year ago, which are also based on ARM, which would also represent new competition for Intel, according to The Verge .

Although representatives from Microsoft and Arm declined to comment, Frank Shaw, a spokesperson for the former, assured Bloomberg that “because silicon is a fundamental component of technology, we continue to invest in our own capabilities in areas such as design. , fabrication and tooling, while fostering and strengthening partnerships with a wide range of chip vendors. ”