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  • Windows on ARMAt the end of last week, the Mozilla Foundation publicly voiced its concerns about certain restrictions that Microsoft is imposing on its new Windows RT operating system – the version of Windows 8 designed and optimised for ARM-based devices. Microsoft’s plan is for Internet Explorer 10 to be the only browser on Windows RT that can operate in both the new Metro and ‘classic’ Desktop environments.

  • Windows on ARMAn attorney at Mozilla, which makes the Firefox Web browser, contended that Microsoft restricts browser choice on Windows RT (formerly known as "Windows 8 on ARM"), effectively moving the company into antitrust territory.

  • Windows on ARMMozilla could bring Firefox to Windows Metro. But without access to system services that IE10 gets, it would be hobbled, and Mozilla would be shut out of a new PC segment. Technically, Microsoft hasn't banned non-IE browsers in Windows RT, the forthcoming Windows 8 version for machines with ARM processors. But as Mozilla sees it, Microsoft may as well have.

  • Windows on ARMSuddenly, the new Microsoft doesn't look all that different from the old one. During court proceedings for the 1998-2001 antitrust trial, government lawyers accused Microsoft of playing favorites by providing its developers access to information not available to third parties -- thus giving Internet Explorer unfair competitive advantage over Netscape. The company's browser policy regarding Windows RT isn't just much the same, it's much more. IE gets hugely exclusive access. The question: Is it anticompetitive?

  • Windows on ARMSummary: Microsoft will restrict third-party browsers like Firefox and Chrome to the Metro sandbox in Windows 8 for ARM devices, while treating Internet Explorer 10 as an "intrinsic feature" of Windows. Mozilla and its primary backer, Google, say that's not fair.

  • Windows on ARMAs Windows 8 approaches, Mozilla developers have been working hard on a Metro version. If you're using Windows 8 on the desktop, no problem. Tablet users, however, are going to be denied a fully functional Firefox - and will face restrictions on many other third-party applications. In the name of security, Microsoft is forcing them into a "sandbox" on ARM devices. The lockdown renegs on the company's prior promises, and it's going to have some far-reaching effects on many applications.

  • Windows on ARMWhen ARM tablets running Windows 8 ship, Chrome, Firefox, and other browsers will be at a disadvantage, because Internet Explorer will be the only browser allowed to take advantage of certain features of the operating system. Mozilla and Google are crying "foul." Do the restrictions really matter?

  • Windows on ARMRaising the specter of last-generation browser battles, Mozilla launches a publicity campaign to seek a place for browsers besides IE on Windows devices using ARM chips. Stop me if you've heard this one before: Microsoft muscles aside other browsers and cements the dominance of Internet Explorer. The browser market, deprived of competition, stagnates.

  • Windows on ARMThe Wintel marriage fell apart. The Intel/AMD x86 family of chips is no longer the only hardware architecture supported by Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8. The next-generation OS will also run on low-powered ARM tablets (as well as upcoming desktops and laptops based on ARM).

  • Windows on ARMOther than the death of the Start button and the Metro UI, the single biggest change in Windows 8 is that it’s now a fully paid up member of the touch-first ARM ecosystem. After 20 years of being x86-only, this tectonic shift was triggered by two key factors: ARM is cheaper than x86, and it’s also more power efficient.

  • Windows on ARMMicrosoft Windows 8 is the highly anticipated latest addition to the Windows family. Expected to launch either late this year or early 2013, Windows 8 brings with it the most substantial user experience change since Windows 95.

  • Windows on ARMComputerworld - Microsoft may have simply run out of time with Windows RT, an analyst said today. Windows RT, the name Microsoft slapped on the OS earlier this week after calling it "Windows on ARM," or WOA, for months, is the forked version of Windows 8 designed to run on devices powered by ARM SoCs, or system-on-a-chip.

  • Windows on ARMThere's been a bit of discussion about the difference between "desktop apps" and "Metro style apps" on Windows 8, particularly as it pertains to Windows RT (previously Windows on ARM), which currently isn't going to allow third party development of desktop apps. Part of the confusion comes from the fact that you can use native C++ code in a Metro style app.

  • Windows on ARMAs we head toward the availability of Windows 8 in Q4, the amount of information available about X86-based platforms dwarfs that of ARM-based platforms from NVIDIA, Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments. One example is the Consumer Preview (CP). The Windows 8 CP on X86 (Intel/AMD) was and still is openly available for any consumer on the planet to try, without exaggeration.

  • Windows on ARMBefore I start this month's column, I just can't resist crowing a bit. Last year, when Microsoft released its online Office product and called it "Office 365," I snarkily asked at a keynote, "So does that mean it won't run on February 29 next year?" -- referring to this year's leap day. And what happened on February 29? That's right . . . a leap year bug crashed Azure. Microsoft folks, you've just got to pay closer attention to my keynotes!

  • 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 on ARMAs Microsoft released the Windows 8 Consumer Preview today, it also published a product guide for business users of the operating system. In the guide, it was revealed that the ARM-based version of Windows 8 will lack some of the management features available to the version running on PCs—a limitation that may make the mobile version of the operating system a little less attractive to large enterprises out of the gate.

  • Windows on ARMOne of the most appealing features that Windows on ARM will arrive on shelves with is Office 15 applications, meant to run in the desktop mode that Windows users are so familiar with. - Reports on Microsoft planning the inclusion of Office 15 in Windows 8 emerged ever since last year, and have all been confirmed last week, when Windows President Steven Sinofsky provided more details on Windows on ARM.

  • Windows on ARMIn the latest episode of the Windows Weekly podcast, Leo, Mary Jo and I discuss Microsoft's blockbuster revelation about Windows 8 on ARM (WOA), the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, how Mary Jo and Paul handle insider information, Metro-style apps vs. Metro-styled apps, Kinect for Windows, more Microsoft cross-platform porting, Brandon Watson leaves the Windows Phone team, and Microsoft's quiet sell-off of some TellMe technologies.

  • Windows on ARMThis week, after over a year of silence in the face of persistent and understandable questions from customers, tech enthusiasts and the press, Microsoft finally revealed more about its plans for Windows 8 on ARM or, as the company now calls it, WOA. I'm grateful that Microsoft answered a ton of questions about this release. There are, however, a few more questions too.


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