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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Tuppence worth
by ameasures on Thu 6th Jan 2011 14:31 UTC
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My suspicion is that Microsoft realised that ARM is a dynamic architecture and if they didn't run with it then ... others would as ARM dominates tablets and potentially other new forms of system.

The key driver here, I suspect, is the consumers who will (asap) become intolerant of anything less than (say) a 12 hour battery life.

If ARM takes less silicon to make and consumes less power then that battery life is easier to achieve.

Microsoft being a massive corporation will have ported NT (all versions) behind closed doors in any case.

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