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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RE[4]: It makes sense
by toast88 on Fri 20th May 2011 00:15 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: It makes sense"
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Assembly code is not a terribly big problem. Just use a assembly -> C translator, and you get a compilable file to use.

Uh, I highly doubt that this will work in all cases.

When people code in assembly, they do it for a reason and not for fun. It's about SIMD instruction sets like MMX, MMX2, SSE etc. I want to see a decompiler which can create usable C code from such highly optimized assembly code.

If all of this was so easy, it hadn't taken Adobe and Sun so long to get their plugins (Flash and Java) running on x86_64.

I'm not saying that it is impossible to port these applications, but it takes a lot of ressources and any software company/developer will always have to decide whether it's worth the effort to port to a completely new architecture.

Why would they now switch again after just having switched to x86_64?

I actually highly doubt that Windows on ARM will have real chances on the desktop market. The only market that would be eligible are tablets and smart phones where competition is very very strong thanks to Android and iOS =).


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