Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th May 2011 21:50 UTC, submitted by fran
Windows The ARM version of Windows 8 might have just become the most desired version of Windows in our hearts and minds. After us talking about legacy code and backwards compatibility in Windows for years now, an Intel senior vice president, Renee James, has just stated that Windows 8 on ARM will not have any form of compatibility for legacy applications whatsoever. Update: Microsoft has responded to Intel's claims. "Intel's statements during yesterday's Intel Investor Meeting about Microsoft's plans for the next version of Windows were factually inaccurate and unfortunately misleading," the company said, "From the first demonstrations of Windows on SoC, we have been clear about our goals and have emphasized that we are at the technology demonstration stage. As such, we have no further details or information at this time."
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It doesn't have to be done on .NET.

NT-derived OSs are based on a Hardware Abstraction Layer from the get go. So most even code using the Win32 API only needs a recompile to be portable.

Windows has run on MIPS, PPC, Alpha, and as CE it has even run on ARM platforms before.

The issue when it comes to the desktop is that ARM will have a hard time convincing users to buy their platform to run a limited subset of Windows apps. When for a few dollars more, or even at the same price, they may have access to an x86 platform which runs the entire Windows SW catalogue.

That is the gimmick that has kept Intel at the forefront on the mid and high ranges in processor sales. Their massive inertia of legacy x86 SW has been both a blessing and a curse for them. GIven their financials I'd say mostly a blessing.

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