This week on Microsoft: Qualcomm and Microsoft will launch the first Cellular PC

Qualcomm has announced that, by the end of the year, we will see Windows 10 PCs with ARM-based Snapdragon 835 processors being launched on the market. The thin-and-light devices could be used as a tablet or laptop. They will take design cues from smartphones and will be called “cellular PCs” by Qualcomm and Microsoft. More details, as well as other interesting news, in this week’s recap:

Microsoft: the news of the week

These articles are this week's most important news in Microsoft's ecosystem:

Qualcomm: First Windows 10 ARM PC coming in the fourth quarter - If you want a Windows 10 PC that doesn’t have an x86 chip from Intel or AMD, your wish will be granted in the fourth quarter of the year. Qualcomm said the first cellular laptop with Windows 10 and its ARM-based Snapdragon 835 will come by the end of the year.

Microsoft's new push into education is the right move — at the right time - Microsoft is poised, however, to get back into education. Windows RT was a disaster for the company on many levels, including its confusing name, poor marketing, software limitations, and pricing. The Windows 10 Cloud OS, which may go by the name "Windows 10 S" when unveiled on May 2, is a different situation. This time, Microsoft has a story to tell and a strategy to market this version of Windows to the right audience.

Intel Optane: Memory acceleration kicks PCs into warp drive on April 24 - The story of the PC industry for the past few years has been about incremental changes in performance. Intel says that's about to change, as it launches a new acceleration technology that represents "the first major step forward in decades."

Microsoft turns two-factor authentication into one-factor by ditching password - As long as you can log in to your phone, you can log in to your Microsoft Account. Here’s how!

Windows 10's power-throttling feature will benefit battery-hungry laptops - Microsoft claims that Windows 10's new power-throttling feature will boost battery life by about 11 percent, though you'll need a modern laptop to take advantage of it.

Redstone 3 coming in September; Microsoft commits to Windows 10, Office releases twice a year - Microsoft announced that they will be committed to coordinate, twice a year, Windows 10 and Office releases. This is the Redmond giant’s way to make feature release schedules more manageable and predictable for IT Pros and in enterprise deployments.

Microsoft To-Do is a new app that replaces Wunderlist - Microsoft has launched a new to-do list app called Microsoft To-Do, which is available in preview on the web, iOS, Android, and Windows 10. To-Do lets you create simple to-do lists, set reminders, and keep track of projects.

Mozilla, Microsoft rebuilding their browsers’ foundations without anyone noticing - As Mozilla and Microsoft are both showing, incremental development and regular releases are, in fact, compatible with major architectural changes.