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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Apple were rumoured to be running full-blown OS X on Intel machines years before they made that transition. I expect that they've also had full-blown OS X running on ARM for nearly as long. I also expect that they also have 10.6 running on PPC.

It seems to me that this move by Microsoft validates Apple's pre-Intel position - where they perpetually claimed to mostly deaf ears that PowerPC was better and that it didn't matter that Macs didn't run on x86 chips.

It also seems to me that this opens up the prospect for Apple to not only produce low-end Macs based on ARM chips, but also should they desire to do so frees them up to produce high-end Macs based on PPC chips. They did after all buy PA Semi whose PA6T was pretty danged quick... Whilst IBM kinda failed a bit with their G5 roadmap, they do now make POWER7 chips with 8 cores, running at over 4GHz, and their PowerXCell 8i chips (as used in the IBM Roadrunner supercomputer, based on the Cell in the PS3) is pretty nifty and would work nicely with OpenCL and Grand Central....

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