At WinHEC 2016, Microsoft today announced improved support for cellular connectivity in Windows 10 PCs. Microsoft will allow users easily buy data directly from the Windows Store and put them in control of how they use Wi-Fi and cellular networks, consume data, and manage costs. They will also allow partners to build always-connected devices without hindering form factor design by supporting the eSIM technology. eSIM is a pure electronic SIM card for mobile phones and is no longer removable. Instead, it’s programmable and end users could just chose their contracts/conditions on a web site and change the provider instantly. With eSIM support in Windows 10, OEMs can build devices without an exposed SIM slot, making it easier for people to activate a data plan right on their device.
Intel also announced that they will support better cellular connectivity on Windows PCs. Their global modem was designed and tested for PC form factors and for mobile 2 in 1 users. Along with Microsoft and others, they are working with others to bring 5G support on Intel-based Windows PCs.
Our global partnerships and mobile trials with top service providers will be ready on Intel architecture-based Windows devices to deliver 5G services to users timed to market with other devices.
Microsoft today also announced the support for full Windows 10 on Qualcomm processors. Read more about it here.