Windows 8 on Intel is unlike ARM in crucial way, Microsoft confirms

2012-Mar-01 | Tags: analysiscompatibilityintel

Windows on ARMMicrosoft made it clear today why Windows 8 on an Intel-based tablet will be different from competing tablets based on ARM chips. After speaking in Barcelona for close to an hour today about how Windows 8 on Intel and Windows 8 on ARM (WOA) will be the same, two Microsoft executives addressed, albeit briefly, a much more sensitive topic: why they're also very different.

Windows 8 marks the first time that a mainstream Windows operating system will run on processors from ARM chip suppliers like Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and Nvidia in addition to those from Intel and AMD.

Windows on ARM

First, let's review the similarities as spelled out by Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows Division at Microsoft, and Michael Angiulo, a corporate vice president, at the Windows 8 Preview keynote in Barcelona. The presentation was streamed on Microsoft's Web site.

Why Windows on Intel and Windows on ARM are the same:

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