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  • Windows on ARMA rather interesting discussion has been stirred up by Jon Honeyball from PC Pro entitled "Has Microsoft blown Windows 8 on ARM". Honeyball, a respected columnist for PC Pro, points to a paragraph in Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide for business document (PDF) that clearly says that Windows for ARM will not have the same manageability features compared to the 32-bit/64-bit versions of Windows 8.

  • Windows on ARMIt is said disappointment comes wrapped in lengthy explanation and it doesn't get much lengthier than the 8 627 words it took Windows Division president Steven Sinofsky to finally detail 'Windows 8 on ARM'. 'WOA' may sound like a line from Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, but we were far from wowed - in fact we can summarise Sinofsky's 8,627 words in just two: cheap imitation.

  • Windows on ARMMicrosoft's Internet Explorer market share is back on the rise thanks to its use in Windows Phone 7 smartphones. But it won't have everything its own way as Mozilla plans to bring Firefox to Windows 8 tablets.

  • Windows on ARMOver at Cult of Mac, John Brownlee has an in-depth explanation of why it seems unlikely that Apple intends to ditch the Intel chips inside Macs for ARM-based ones akin to the processors it uses in the iPhone and iPad. His reasoning is long and technical–though he does a nice job of explaining it clearly–and it boils down to the fact that Macs need more computing horsepower than current ARM processors can provide.

  • Windows on ARMGather 'round the camp fire, guys, it's story time. And tonight's story is a tale of redemption, a story 'bout the greatest OS ever made, a sad stretch in the wilderness, and its rebirth this year as a champion of a new generation of devices. Yes, folks, I'm talking about Windows NT. And it's back, baby.

  • Windows on ARMComputerworld - Microsoft's announcement last week that it will "include" four Office apps with Windows on ARM has analysts parsing the news like intelligence agencies that once tried to figure out what went on inside the Kremlin by poring over photos of who stood where on the Red Square reviewing stand.

  • Windows on ARMSummary: The transition from traditional Windows desktops to the Post-PC world, the ARM architecture and the Metro user interface is inevitable. But it won't a be quick one. - My two ZDNet colleagues, David Gewirtz and Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols have gotten themselves into a bit of a lover’s quarrel. SJVN says that Windows 8 will be dead on arrival, and yet Gewirtz says that Windows 8 will matter for real work, as will Windows 9.

  • 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.

  • Windows on ARMApple's strategy concerning third party applications on iOS is the target of a good deal of criticism: it's either the App Store or nothing at all. Like it or not, Microsoft will bring the same approach to Windows as it ports the platform to the ARM architecture.

  • Windows on ARMBecause Microsoft can do it. The software giant wouldn't have dared on x86 PCs. Steven Sinofsky's nearly 9,000-word Windows on ARM manifesto packs lots of surprises. Among the biggest: "WOA includes desktop versions of the new Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote". Say what? Now why is that? Four reasons stand out: Litigation, protection, competition and adoption.

  • Windows on ARMThere's been plenty of criticism of an article suggesting that Windows 8 will be dead on arrival – but like the mythical cat, the answer to this one is all in the observation - The other day, Steven Vaughn-Nichols published a piece on ZDNet giving "five reasons why Windows 8 will be dead on arrival". I read the piece and thought he was spot on – not so much that Windows 8 will be DOA, but that he does a great job of enumerating the challenges that Microsoft has with Windows 8.

  • Windows on ARMEnterprises might get a break on Windows 8 devices with Office 15 -- if they happened to have signed a new Enterprise Agreement after mid 2011. That's speculation from Cynthia Farren, principal of a software license consulting company. While Microsoft has not yet laid out its plans for how to charge enterprises for Windows ARM devices, it has offered clues.

  • Windows on ARMWe've known that Microsoft has been planning an ARM-compatible version of Windows since well before we knew anything else about Windows 8, but the particulars have often been obscured both by unclear signals from Microsoft itself and subsequent coverage of those unclear signals by journalists.

  • Windows on ARMHaving used, and I mean really usedtablets for a decade, I am excited and concerned about the upcoming Windows 8 tablets. Especially the ones running on a real mobile platform, ARM. I know Microsoft is putting a tremendous effort into getting Windows 8 on ARM as good as can be, but my experience with tablets tells me there are some significant obstacles in the way to make them succeed.Form Factor

  • Windows on ARMMicrosoft is doing a good job keeping details of how Windows 8 on the ARM platform will be handled. Mary Jo Foley has been trying to find outwhether users will be able to obtain and install Windows 8 on ARM systems, or if it will be an OEM-only process. I don’t have the answer from Microsoft, but knowing how ARM systems work I can’t believe users will be able to buy Windows 8 for ARM and install it themselves.

  • Windows on ARMLAS VEGAS--While CES has previously been a show filled with big announcements and brand new technologies, this year's show was a little different, with more incremental advancements centered on refining devices people already own.

  • Windows on ARMThe closer we get to the actual release of Windows 8 ARM tablets the more I'm mulling over the pros and cons, and wondering just how successful such devices will actually turn out to be.  At the moment Windows 7 tablets are pretty powerful machines. They have a great many advantages over every other tablet with support for just about any USB device and the ability to run full desktop apps such as Microsoft Office.

  • Windows on ARMThere has been a significant amount of speculation and rumour surrounding the existance of a full desktop experience on Windows 8 devices powered by ARM processors. These are the lower priced tablets that are going to exist in the same market as the iPad and various Android tablets, like those make by Samsung and Asus.


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