Editorial: Windows on ARM is a big deal, but it's not enough to win at tablets

2011-Jul-07 | Tags: amdandroidinteltabletx86

Windows on ARMWhile "Windows runs on ARM now" is a really easy thing to say, it's an extremely complicated subject, fraught with industry drama, technical accomplishment, and a hint of Microsoft's vision for the future.

Microsoft is saying loud and clear that x86 isn't enough (sorry, Intel and AMD), that current Windows form factors aren't sufficient (sorry, netbooks), and that it's still a nimble enough company to respond to changes in the market and consumer frustrations (sorry, Clippy). But what does that actually mean, in the long run? Let's talk things through, after the break.

This year's CES is a story of Android domination over the industry. For every Windows product mentioned on stage at a keynote, there were probably three or four Android devices trotted out. If Android wasn't powering your phone, it was powering your tablet or your TV -- most likely all three. Now, this isn't entirely the fault of Microsoft: Windows 7 is being adopted at a rapid pace. Laptops still do enormously well, and with new Intel and AMD chips out for 2011 we're going to be seeing a huge leap forward in speed and battery life in our computers this year.

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