Microsoft makes ARM Push at Build: Project Volterra and Visual Studio 2022


At Build 2022 yesterday, Microsoft announced Project Volterra, a new Windows-on-ARM hardware platform. Few details were available at the time of the announcement, but Microsoft has now developed the project. It looks like Volterra is part of a larger ARM push that also sees Microsoft developing Visual Studio 2022 with native Arm64.

From Project Volterra, Microsoft claims that it is a mini PC that it built in collaboration with Qualcomm. Specifically, using an ARM-based Snapdragon processor and neural processing unit (NPU). This device will allow developers to build cloud-native AI applications.

Volterra is a relatively indescribable mini PC that seems to be inspired by the design of Apple’s Mac Mini. Microsoft points out that it’s stackable, so developers can link multiple units of Project Volterra together. Although it offers more details about the project, Microsoft has yet to discuss all the specs, a specific launch, or pricing.


“We want you to build cloud-native AI applications,” says Windows and Devices chief Panos Panay. “With native Arm64 Visual Studio, .NET support and the Volterra project coming later this year, we’re releasing new tools to help you take the first step on this journey.”

Visual Studio 2022

Microsoft is also developing a new version of Visual Studio 2022 which will be ARM-based. The company says this version will premiere in the coming weeks, before a full launch later in the year. This full launch will coincide with the release of Arm64 .NET support.

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Briana R. Cross