Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st Dec 2010 22:56 UTC, submitted by fran
Windows Very light on details, but this is interesting nonetheless - very interesting, and potentially one of the biggest things to have hit the operating systems business this decade. Bloomberg is reporting that Microsoft plans to announce Windows for ARM processors at CES in January 2011.
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Counter foothold move.
by oiaohm on Tue 21st Dec 2010 23:12 UTC
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Member since:
2009-05-30

Linux has quite a big foothold on ARM

MS does not have a good enough OS on ARM to complete. So NT based kinda has to come across.

Still will not change the problem that most of the Windows programs out there are x86.

But still Linux biggest advantages on arm are drivers and applications. Yes the mirror of MS biggest advantages on x86.

At least now we might be able to say by by to Windows CE and Windows Phone. So leaving MS with only 1 OS core to focus on.

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RE: Counter foothold move.
by softdrat on Tue 21st Dec 2010 23:32 in reply to "Counter foothold move."
softdrat Member since:
2008-09-17

... But still Linux biggest advantages on arm are drivers and applications ...


... and further, even if your favorite Linux application hasn't been released on ARM, you at least have chance of compiling it yourself. I used "scratchbox" to compile some essential command-line utilities for my ARM-based Nokia N810. It was a bit complicated, but way better than waiting for a proprietary commercial company to do it (or more likely not) for you.

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RE: Counter foothold move.
by flanque on Tue 21st Dec 2010 23:39 in reply to "Counter foothold move."
flanque Member since:
2005-12-15

MS does not have a good enough OS on ARM to complete.

How do you know if it hasn't been released, we have almost no details and no reviews?

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oiaohm Member since:
2009-05-30

"MS does not have a good enough OS on ARM to complete.

How do you know if it hasn't been released, we have almost no details and no reviews?
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If you had read my full line. You would have seen this was referring to MS existing OS's on arm. Windows CE and Windows Phone(what is basically a CE core).

CE feature set does not compare to Linux or darwin or qnx. Yes Linux the core of Android. Darwin the core of Iphone. And QNX the core the blackberry.

Most likely the fast way to expand there OS core function is port NT. But even then NT has baggage in its design.

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RE: Counter foothold move.
by Tuishimi on Wed 22nd Dec 2010 04:18 in reply to "Counter foothold move."
Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

It will likely be a juiced version of CE... I don't know what else it could be. Unless MS has been building Windows on multiple platforms (kind of like OS X was over the years)... but MS would have no real reason to do that since the x86 market has always been all it needed.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Are you forgetting the versions of NT 4 for alpha and ppc? Windows NT was designed to be portable across processors. Have they kept it portable? At one point some one thought that an alpha powered NT machine was a good idea ( I did too, but lacked the money at the time for an alpha).

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