Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Dec 2010 19:19 UTC
Windows The rumours about Windows possibly being ported to ARM has left a lot of people bewildered; why would you port Windows NT when Windows CE 6.0 is a perfectly capable operating system? Putting all the pieces together, it's actually quite clear why you would want Windows NT on ARM: servers.
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mbpark
Member since:
2005-11-17

Because it's one of the most prevalent for that form factor.

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

Still does not make sense. The form factor is not that important. Not important enough to convince Microsoft to port Windows Server 2008 and everything else over to ARM. Atom Boxes can get small. I don't think small or home businesses would actually not buy such a useful device because it was a freaking inch too wide, high or deep for their tastes.

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mbpark Member since:
2005-11-17

Bil,

Businesses buy things because of big names attached to them. With the right amount of marketing, you can get many small businesses to buy into a new business model.

This is just a device. However, Microsoft is getting their clock cleaned by Google, Apple, Amazon, and a large amount of Linux-based providers that offer cloud-based services to support small businesses. Cisco may finally be showing what they dropped all that cash for Linksys for at CES and over the calendar year instead of routers and wireless cards.

Microsoft's business model of obscure licensing methods, rampant piracy of their products due to said licensing methods, the overall complexity of their products to set up and configure (It's really hard for most people to admit, but Linux is getting really easy for most SMB tasks), especially compared to Cisco and Apple, and the requirement to have multiple servers to handle a simple small office is dying off.

It's not that people can't make everything work together. It's that people aren't going to do it if they don't have to, and companies like Google give people that reason because they can.

If they don't do something, Cisco, Google, Canonical, Apple, Red Hat, or a business based on their products will finish the job.

Microsoft needs to adapt to survive. Windows on ARM is a small piece of the overall puzzle in transforming their business model to allow for recurring revenue. It could be Windows on Atom, however, this is one small piece of what they need to do to finally break the silos and stop the bleeding.

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