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  • Windows on ARMMicrosoft made its deadline for the completion of the Windows 8 RTM (Release to Manufacturing) build as they previously scheduled. However, that wasn't the only Windows-based OS that got the official sign off today.

  • Windows on ARMThe question on everyone's mind as Microsoft (MSFT) prepares its Windows 8 launch is whether chips based on ARM Holdings' (ARMH) designs gain significant traction in the Windows 8 PC market, and if this will represent a significant dent to Intel's (INTC) PC chip dominance.

  • Windows on ARMPC makers need to focus on mobility, ARM's Jeff Chu says, suggesting that means it's time for Windows RT. "Everything we've gotten used to in mobile phones - the touch interface, all-day battery life, all these things - are flowing into computing as a whole," he said.

  • Windows on ARMWindows 8, the next version of Microsoft's OS due later this year, will run on ARM chips - seen in tablets - as well as normal processors. Spode and Bethan look at what this means for the future of Windows.

  • Windows on ARMPC manufacturers are already taking it on the chin with Microsoft's announcement of its own Surface tablets -- which will put the company in the awkward position of competing against the same hardware partners that stick Windows in their computers -- but now they may be facing an additional problem with their slates.

  • Windows on ARMThere's no nice way to say it: Google's Fire-fighting Nexus 7 aside, the mobile market's various Android slates simply aren't cutting it. When it comes to iPad, there just doesn't seem to be a true king-of-the-hill contender anywhere in sight. Unfortunately, that reality extends far beyond Android, settling now more than ever into the entire realm of consumer electronics.

  • Windows on ARMOne of the niceties of Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 operating system is that the number of "editions" of the OS has been reduced from six to four, with much of the consolidation coming at the consumer end of the spectrum.

  • Windows on ARMAccording to multiple hardware vendors, Microsoft is charging OEMs as much as $95 for each Windows RT license. Tech site VR-Zone quizzed a number of hardware vendors on the convention floor at Computex Taipei and $85 was "the most commonly quoted price" for a Windows RT license for ARM-powered tablets, with quoted prices ranging between $80 and $95.

  • Windows on ARMMicrosoft's most duopolistic partner may not be terribly excited about the release of Windows RT for ARM-based mobile devices, but plenty of companies not named Intel clearly are.

  • Windows on ARMWhile Windows 8 was just about everywhere at Computex, a few vendors also championed upcoming tablets running WinRT, essentially Windows 8 running on ARM-based processors. What I saw in demos from Nvidia, Qualcomm, and TI was clearly not finished, but it was quite impressive and revealed interesting tradeoffs compared with Windows on traditional x86 architectures.

  • Windows on ARMWith the big release of Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system fast approaching, the war of words between Intel and ARM has become more heated as the rivals gear up for the release of new touch-based devices with their processors.

  • Windows on ARMScrolling through my twitter feed it became clear quickly that there were questions about if we would Windows RT running on Intel architecture. There are two versions of Windows 8, the full edition with the option of the familiar desk top and Windows 8 RT which is basically just the Metro UI.

  • Windows on ARMLate yesterday, Intel took to the stage at Computex in Taiwan and announced its next steps towards mobile domination. To help with the development of touch-enabled tablets and ultrabooks, Intel is investing in factories that specialize in 13-inch-and-larger touchscreens. At one point, Tom Kilroy, Intel’s vice president of sales and marketing, pulled back a curtain to reveal 50 new ultrabooks

  • Windows on ARMSummary: ARM dominates the smartphone and tablet world, but it isn't the first name that comes to mind when you think of Computex. The massive tradeshow in Taiwan, which is going on this week, is largely devoted to the PC industry, and in particular to the many companies that manufacture and assemble the components that go [...]

  • Windows on ARMWindows 8-based tablets are all set for a November launch and frankly, we are quite kicked about it, since more competition is always a good thing for the consumer, that's you and me. Microsoft has a lot riding on their new Operating System, as not only is it being released for desktop PCs, for the first time, we'll be seeing ARM-based devices also run Windows, which opens new doors for the software giant, as they can now reach out to a much wider crowd.

  • Windows on ARMThe launch of ARM-based tablets and computers later this year running Windows RT is expected by one analyst to confuse consumers, potentially pushing even more of them to Apple's tightly integrated ecosystem.

  • Windows on ARMMicrosoft has announced the various upcoming versions of Windows, which I predict will create massive annoyances, confusion, and probably anger for consumers and employees alike. IT departments, start buying cases of headache remedies.

  • Windows on ARMThis week's Windows Weekly broadcast spends about 20 minutes (from 2:00 to just past 20:00) on the topic of Microsoft banning competing browsers from Windows on ARM.
     

  • Windows on ARMOnly a handful of Windows RT devices will appear initially, as Microsoft wades slowly into new Windows waters, sources told CNET. Chipmakers Nvidia, Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments will initially get two "slots" each for devices, according to sources familiar with Microsoft's plans.

  • Windows on ARMThere's been an interesting debate lately about whether Microsoft's ARM-based derivative of Windows 8, called Windows RT, is really Windows. This debate arose out of a recent news story, in which Mozilla and Google have both complained about Microsoft's decision to prevent them from making a desktop-based web browser for Windows RT. More recently, a US Senate subcommittee has decided to investigate this complaint, which could of course have antitrust implications.


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