Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st Dec 2010 22:56 UTC, submitted by fran
Windows Very light on details, but this is interesting nonetheless - very interesting, and potentially one of the biggest things to have hit the operating systems business this decade. Bloomberg is reporting that Microsoft plans to announce Windows for ARM processors at CES in January 2011.
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RE[5]: Kernel is portable
by Drumhellar on Wed 22nd Dec 2010 20:23 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Kernel is portable"
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According to me the idea that Microsoft wrote a new operating system for the Xbox (which is identical to an x86 PC) is ridiculous.


Why is it ridiculous? When they already had DOS/Windows, they wrote a new OS (WindowsNT) for higher-end, 32-bit systems.

For palm-top computers, they wrote a new OS (Windows CE) rather than trim-down an existing OS. (according to the wikipedia entry)

The NT kernel has way too much abstraction to be useful for a console system. Microsoft is also a very large company, with more than enough resources to spin a new kernel, especially a small one useful for a console. I'd be willing to wager it would be more work to make NT suitable for the XBox than just write a new kernel for it, especially when the XBox came out.

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