Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th May 2011 21:50 UTC, submitted by fran
Windows The ARM version of Windows 8 might have just become the most desired version of Windows in our hearts and minds. After us talking about legacy code and backwards compatibility in Windows for years now, an Intel senior vice president, Renee James, has just stated that Windows 8 on ARM will not have any form of compatibility for legacy applications whatsoever. Update: Microsoft has responded to Intel's claims. "Intel's statements during yesterday's Intel Investor Meeting about Microsoft's plans for the next version of Windows were factually inaccurate and unfortunately misleading," the company said, "From the first demonstrations of Windows on SoC, we have been clear about our goals and have emphasized that we are at the technology demonstration stage. As such, we have no further details or information at this time."
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And sure Intel will maybe get really good, maybe even better than ARM, but still a quad core ARM with a good emulation could reach speeds similar to todays slowest Atoms, which would be suffient for a lot of office work.

And why would anybody buy a processor to run emulated code slower than the native intel alternative, which performs better and will probably have a similar price point running that non-emulated code?

Transmeta, DEC, and all the companies which have tried to sell processors doing dynamic x86 translation have failed miserably. In the handheld/embedded/mobile market, ARM has a clear value proposition vs. x86. In the desktop and data center not so much.

Running emulation for the sake of emulation is a headache that few people want to pay for.

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