For months, rumors have been circulating that Microsoft was poised to make its “Windows Everywhere” world a reality. But that reality is still a ways off, in spite of comments by Microsoft execs this week at the company’s Worldwide Partner Conference about a unified ecosystem across phones, PCs and TVs.
Here’s the quote from Microsoft Windows Phone President Andy Lees from his partner-show keynote this week that has many buzzing:
Because Microsoft has managed to port Windows to the ARM processor — something it will make available on ARM-based tablets and clamshell devices with Windows 8 — it is now technically feasible that Microsoft could make Windows the operating system that powers its Windows Phones. To date, the Softies haven’t done this because while Windows Embedded Compact worked on ARM, Windows did not. But as of Windows 8, the “real” Windows will be able to run on the ARM/System on a Chip architectures.