Windows on ARM

When Windows 8 comes out it’s bound to cause a great deal of excitement in the tablet market. For the first time there will be an excellent and truly viable Windows tablet operating system and it’s bound to shake up the market. It’s also very likely to cause a great deal of confusion though and this is because Windows 8 on Intel chips and Windows 8 on ARM chips will be very different beasts. They’ll operate in different ways, run different software and be updated differently.

Windows on ARM

CHIP DESIGNER ARM has said that within 18 months its Mali GPU will be able to match the power of Sony's Playstation 3 or Microsoft's Xbox 360, but that Moore's Law was not the only way to achieve that.

Windows on ARM

Windows 8 is going to prove nothing but bliss for ARM update, believes ARM Chief Executive Officer Tudor Brown. According to Brown, in excess of 40% of netbooks are expected to be powered by ARM architectures in 2015, a milestone that will only be reached with the help of Windows 8, ARM’s CEO revealed for DigiTimes.

Windows on ARMMicrosoft introduced a number of tablet concepts during a partner preview event earlier this week. - The software giant held a technical demonstration at Computex on Thursday to demonstrate Windows 8 to hardware partners. Mike Angiulo, corporate vice president of Windows Planning, Hardware and PC Ecosystem at Microsoft, demonstrated Windows 8 on a variety of tablets.

Windows on ARM

During Microsoft's presentation of Windows 8, a handful of the company's hardware partners showed off tablets and notebooks running the OS, some also featuring Microsoft Office. But if you looked closely, you would've noticed that missing from the equation were Intel and AMD, replaced instead by ARM chips made by rival ARM Holdings.

Windows on ARM

Microsoft demonstrated a number of early prototypes on Thursday for ARM based Windows 8 tablets. - The software giant held a technical demonstration at Computex on Thursday to demonstrate Windows 8 to hardware partners. Mike Angiulo, corporate vice president of Windows Planning, Hardware and PC Ecosystem at Microsoft, demonstrated Windows 8 on a variety of tablets. 

Windows on ARM

Unless you’ve been living under a rock then you’ll know that Microsoft has finally revealed a few details on its Windows 8 plans. - The software giant demonstrated its new Windows 8 user interface on Wednesday, targeted towards touch screen devices. The interface takes several elements from Windows Phone and introduces live tile applications inside of a full desktop/mobile version of Windows. Where does this leave Windows Phone Mango and beyond?

Windows on ARMRemember how Microsoft unveiled that whole "Windows 8" thing earlier today? It's back for more: here at Computex 2011 in Taipei, prototype ARM-based Windows 8 slates and smartbooks are coming out of the woodwork. Foxconn, Wistron and Quanta all unveiled early hardware for the new OS, with chips from Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and NVIDIA powering their live tiles -- including NVIDIA's upcoming Kal-El, which got both a tablet and a super-slim prototype notebook to call its own.

Windows on ARMMay 30 (Bloomberg) -- ARM Holdings Plc, whose chip designs are used in Apple Inc.’s iPad, said Microsoft Corp.’s adoption of its technology will help Windows software expand into cars and televisions.

Windows on ARMThat Windows 8 was going to run on ARM CPUs has been known for a while, but it looks like only now have reports appeared about just when tablets loaded with it will be formally launched. The major barrier that ARM faced when approaching the PC market was the fact that its processors were not supported by the Microsoft Windows operating system.

Windows on ARMIntel revealed on Tuesday that Microsoft’s next-generation Windows tablet experience will run on Intel and ARM chips. - Speaking at an Intel investor meeting on Tuesday, Renee James explained that Windows 8 will be available in versions for both x86 and ARM. James revealed there will be a Windows 8 Traditional flavour that will run on Intel’s chips and handle legacy applications. Microsoft is also planning a Windows 7 mode as part of the traditional SKU.

Windows on ARMThere was nothing too terribly revealing in Intel Senior Vice President of Software and Services Renee James’ comments about Windows 8 during Intel’s shareholders meeting this week. But even the fact that James called Microsoft’s next-generation operating system by its codename will, no doubt, be ill-received by the powers-that-be in Microsoft’s Windows division.

Windows on ARMThe Apple/ARM rumor du jour is that Apple will transition its entire portable Mac line to ARM-based CPUs, dropping Intel altogether. Sources speaking to Semi Accurate claim this is a "done deal," and the move should happen by 2013, when a 64-bit ARM A15 core becomes available. While a future generation of Apple's A5 processor could make some sense for something akin to the MacBook Air, the claim that Apple will ditch Intel wholesale for ARM just doesn't add up.

Windows on ARMThe software giant is currently compiling Windows 8 E editions, despite axing the version shortly before the release of Windows 7. Microsoft originally started compiling E editions of Windows 7, which do not include Internet Explorer, during its beta phase in early 2009. Microsoft was forced to create special European editions of Windows 7 after the European Union originally accused Microsoft of anti-trust violations back in January 2009.

Windows on ARMARM has been cooperating with Microsoft to develop processor architectures according to reports. - ARM president Philip Lu revealed that the company is working closely with Microsoft but refused to detail specifics at a press conference on Tuesday. Digitimes notes that ARM has licensed its latest Cortex A15 patents to several chip manufacturers including Samsung Electronics and Texas Instruments, with products expected to be launched in late 2011 or early 2012, Lu said.


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