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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RE[7]: Comment by orestes
by toast88 on Fri 20th May 2011 00:06 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by orestes"
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It takes several years for adobe to port flash.

This is one of the most prominent examples. Flash on x86_64 still hasn't reached stable status and it has been in development for years!

And that's exactly the point, why it's not just a matter of recompiling. If it was, I highly doubt that Intel had been so successful with their x86 platform and that Microsoft had stopped development of NT on MIPS, Alpha and PPC.


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