Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Jan 2011 22:09 UTC
Windows And this is part two of the story: Microsoft has just confirmed the next version of Windows NT (referring to it as NT for clarity's sake) will be available for ARM - or more specifically, SoCs from NVIDIA, Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments. Also announced today at CES is Microsoft Office for ARM. Both Windows NT and Microsoft Office were shown running on ARM during a press conference for the fact at CES in Las Vegas.
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RE: No downside for Microsoft.
by vivainio on Thu 6th Jan 2011 01:29 UTC in reply to "No downside for Microsoft."
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On the other hand, if it succeeds, Microsoft gains an exit strategy if x86 ever tops out, or programming models change so drastically anyhow that it no longer makes sense to be tied down to the legacy processor.


I don't see how ARM would deal with upcoming programming models better than x86.

For now, ARM systems are cheaper and have more mature power management, but they are far away from x86 in performance. Calling x86 "legacy" in this light is a bit preposterous.

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