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: enough bits?
by umccullough on Thu 6th Jan 2011 01:47 UTC in reply to "enough bits?"
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I sure hope they are planning to target only a future 64 bit ARM.


Considering the Windows codebase is already portable across 32 or 64 bit addressing, it seems like it would be a (pointless) step backward to disable that capability just to spite people.

It would be annoying if 32 bit addressing gets a new lease on life due to this.


What a strange thing to be annoyed at... especially given that if you never need 64bit addressing, you're potentially saving the overhead of having to address it that widely to begin with.

Personally, when I write a (linux) program, I generally don't even consider whether it would be portable to a 32 bit machine, just like I don't consider whether it would be portable to a 16 bit machine. I'd like it to stay that way.


Just sounds like lazy development to me - what assumptions in your software would implicitly fail on 32 bit addressed systems? Don't you use portable pointer types in your code? Is your code going to simply fail on 128bit systems someday? The proper use of abstraction goes both ways my friend...

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