Samsung Korea warns that many apps will not work on Qualcomm-powered Copilot+ PCs • The Register

Samsung debuted Copilot+ PCs powered by Qualcomm processors, but warned buyers in South Korea — and apparently only that country — that they won’t run many popular apps.

The term “Copilot + PC” was coined by Microsoft to refer to a device that features a Neural Processing Unit (NPU) capable of running at a rate of 40 trillion operations per second (TOPS), and is therefore suitable for running all the shiny AI bells and whistles of Windows 11 at a blissful speed. Microsoft’s first examples of the Copilot+ PC used Qualcomm’s Snapdragon

Since most PCs use the x86 architecture, hardware built around Arm increases the likelihood of outdated software being isolated — which will discourage buyers. However, Microsoft has created a simulation layer called Prism Claims It will make “your apps work great, whether genuine or fake” on Copilot+ computers.

Samsung South Korea begs to differ.

in Compatibility NoticeThe Korean giant warns that several security applications such as Adobe Illustrator and Google Drive will not work on its GalaxyBook Edge 4 Copilot+ computers. Games including Fortnite, League of Legends, and Microsoft’s flagship shooter Halo Infinite are also clearly unhappy under Windows 11 for Arm and Snapdragon silicon.

Also, the websites of some financial service providers in South Korea are not compatible with the devices. The compatibility page also warns that some printers may not work with devices that do not have new software.

Record He checked Samsung websites outside of South Korea and was unable to find similar compatibility notices. We also searched for product codes listed next to laptops in Korea and were unable to find them anywhere else.

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This can be an important clue. Around 2005, Microsoft lost an antitrust case in South Korea, and was required to break up some components of Windows—particularly media players. The operating system giant has produced a Korea-only version of Windows until at least Windows 10.

We’ve asked Microsoft and Samsung to explain the compatibility notice and will inform readers if we receive substantive responses. ®

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