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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RE[6]: what's the point?
by MysterMask on Wed 22nd Dec 2010 21:06 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: what's the point?"
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they decided to support another platform

1. They didn't decide anything. It's a rumor.
2. "Support another platform" sounds so benevolent. But of course the story is a different one if they add ARM: If they do such a thing then because they feel pressed to do it (like Apple going from PPC to x86).
3. You can't compare non-commercial projects like BSD, Linux, etc. - where support for another platform is done "because one can" or "for the fun of it" or because one needs an OS for hardware XY and don't want to start from scratch - with the actions of a commercial entity. If a company needs to support a new platform (which is an investment, meaning you have to spend money without knowing if it ever pays off), it means they don't see a bright future for their current assets compared with possible new ones.

If you own a platform / market like MS does with the x86 / PC market, but have to invest in new platforms instead of simple milking your old platform / market (like they did so far) is not a sign of confidence. Zune, Bing, Windows Phone 7, etc. are good example and investing in ARM would be another.

It doesn't matter if you call such a move desperate or not - the signal stays the same: MS fears that "their" market because much less relevant because people can substitute more and more classical PC functions with smartphone and tablets where ARM rules and MS is nowhere and will not be able to simply misuse their abundance on the desktop combined with 'we don't care for standards and interoperability - let other adapt to Windows' to gain market share (like they did with servers).

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