Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Jan 2010 20:21 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems And yet another item on the iPad? Are we serious? Yes, we are, since this one is about something that even geeks who aren't interested in the iPad itself should find intriguing. Steve Jobs said yesterday that the iPad is powered by an Apple A4 processor, but contrary to what many seem to think - it wasn't designed in-house at all.
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RE: windows 7 on ARM?
by CaptainN- on Thu 28th Jan 2010 23:05 UTC in reply to "windows 7 on ARM?"
CaptainN-
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2005-07-07

There was an article a while back where some MS exec basically admitted Vista and then Windows 7 was all about cleaning up the mess they made with Windows XP - and that they would be moving on to porting the now clean and stable Windows 7 core - first to servers (and finish removing GUI items from core dlls), and then on to replacing/augmenting/integrating the Windows Mobile kernel.

So I actually doubt that they have a full working version of Windows 7 on ARM, just yet, but they seem to have said that that's the plan.

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RE[2]: windows 7 on ARM?
by gfolkert on Fri 29th Jan 2010 14:12 in reply to "RE: windows 7 on ARM?"
gfolkert Member since:
2008-12-15

There was an article a while back where some MS exec basically admitted Vista and then Windows 7 was all about cleaning up the mess they made with Windows XP - and that they would be moving on to porting the now clean and stable Windows 7 core - first to servers (and finish removing GUI items from core dlls), and then on to replacing/augmenting/integrating the Windows Mobile kernel.


First thing they *need* to do is get back to using a properly designed Ring 0, Ring 1, Ring 2 and Ring 3 setup. Rather than putting drivers and applications into Ring 0 (for performance and "no security"), keep them in Rings 2 and 3 where they should be. ActiveX should have *never* happened the way it did.

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RE[2]: windows 7 on ARM?
by boldingd on Fri 29th Jan 2010 20:17 in reply to "RE: windows 7 on ARM?"
boldingd Member since:
2009-02-19

Indeed.

Microsoft may have a version of the NT kernel with a basic sub-set of the executive running on ARM, but I highly, highly doubt that they've got the whole of the executive and/or a significant chunk of the GUI environment ported over and running - even an incomplete test/scratch version.

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RE[3]: windows 7 on ARM?
by lemur2 on Sat 30th Jan 2010 14:11 in reply to "RE[2]: windows 7 on ARM?"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Indeed.

Microsoft may have a version of the NT kernel with a basic sub-set of the executive running on ARM, but I highly, highly doubt that they've got the whole of the executive and/or a significant chunk of the GUI environment ported over and running - even an incomplete test/scratch version.


It doesn't matter if they have, or they have not.

Its the applications that matter.

There are only a very, very few Windows applications that are available as ARM executables.

Ergo, Windows on ARM is a complete fizzer.

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