Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Jan 2011 22:09 UTC
Windows And this is part two of the story: Microsoft has just confirmed the next version of Windows NT (referring to it as NT for clarity's sake) will be available for ARM - or more specifically, SoCs from NVIDIA, Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments. Also announced today at CES is Microsoft Office for ARM. Both Windows NT and Microsoft Office were shown running on ARM during a press conference for the fact at CES in Las Vegas.
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jello
Member since:
2006-08-08

In this article: http://www.osnews.com/story/24165/Windows_NT_on_ARM_It_s_a_Server_T... it it was mentioned Windows on ARM would only make sense on servers.

Microsoft seems to disagree on this as they also develop MS-Office for ARM; and normally you don't run this type of programs on a server.

Either way I think it's a bold move from Microsoft, but on the other hand they might think that if consumers accept new platforms (hardware/software) than they even might accept Windows on a new hardware platform.

What might also have triggered this decision is the push from Intel towards Meego - it's payback time...

Please take all my comments with a grain of salt...

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

Yeah, I'm trying to be modest over my skills of predicting an obvious future. There will not be a version for servers just yet. Probably the version after it hits the desktop.


In the linked story, I kept asking why Windows on ARM. I never got a good response from anyone. The announcement from nvidia provides the answer I was looking for. ARM in servers ? Doesn't make sense. ARM + Nvidia GPU on servers Huge amount of sense. The GPU does all the hard work, the main processor just sits there and looks pretty without consuming much energy.

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umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

ARM in servers ? Doesn't make sense. ARM + Nvidia GPU on servers Huge amount of sense. The GPU does all the hard work, the main processor just sits there and looks pretty without consuming much energy.


Actually, in my experience, straight ARM in servers makes plenty of sense... the same way that Atom-based servers do. Power efficiency is always a major concern for large server farms.

It ultimately depends on the server load - for disk-heavy servers, a dual-core Atom (or ARM) may be plenty, and the low power utilization is a major bonus.

At the moment, both of my servers at home now utilize Atom processors each consuming ~30-40w of power at full load. ARM would be even better, but purchasing/building commodity-hardware-based ARM machines isn't terribly easy to do yet ;)

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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Why not have Office on the server ? Many people/companies use some kind of terminal server-like solution running on Windows.

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amadensor Member since:
2006-04-10

Actually, we do run Office on servers. We use it to generate spreadsheets for end users. They can request a process, the output of which is a spreadsheet in Excel format with nice formatting, pivot tables, etc. This is done, at least sometimes via actually running Office.

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