Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 10th Feb 2012 00:09 UTC, submitted by moondevil
Windows As you all know, Windows 8 will be the first release of Windows NT which supports the ARM architecture. Microsoft hasn't been particularly forthcoming about this new Windows variant, but that's changing today. The company has posted a long and in-depth blog post about Windows 8 on ARM.
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Logical disconnect...
by Moredhas on Fri 10th Feb 2012 08:29 UTC
Moredhas
Member since:
2008-04-10

Herpa derp! I'mma port my company's OS and modify it so customers can use it on their tablets, and at the same time remove the entire point of running Windows! Yeah! Best. Plan. Evar.

I'm fully aware x86 apps won't run on an ARM processor, but really, restricting Windows to just the app store is possibly the stupidest thing they could have done, in terms of marketing the device to the end users. The only reason to want Windows on a tablet, over Android or iOS, is for the familiar desktop, and the flexibility of installing whatever you damn well please.

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RE: Logical disconnect...
by Lennie on Fri 10th Feb 2012 10:37 in reply to "Logical disconnect..."
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

I have a feeling because Microsoft is very business oriented that businesses can also setup their own appstore or somehing else along those lines.

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RE[2]: Logical disconnect...
by glarepate on Fri 10th Feb 2012 16:20 in reply to "RE: Logical disconnect..."
glarepate Member since:
2006-01-04

I believe that is correct. I don't have a link to anything at the moment but ISTR that allowing companies to have a private, internal app store is part of their plan.

At least for now. (-;)

It wasn't so long ago that legacy apps weren't coming to WOA either ...

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RE: Logical disconnect...
by bolomkxxviii on Fri 10th Feb 2012 19:38 in reply to "Logical disconnect..."
bolomkxxviii Member since:
2006-05-19

Limiting users to only installing from the Windows app store is the only way they can keep stupid users from buying an ARM version of Windows then complaining that their 1998 version of program "X" wont install.

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RE[2]: Logical disconnect...
by Moredhas on Fri 10th Feb 2012 20:06 in reply to "RE: Logical disconnect..."
Moredhas Member since:
2008-04-10

If they understand that you can't watch a foreign movie without subtitles, unless you know the language, I'm sure they can grasp that the CPU is different. The way I explain to my customers the reason MS Office won't run on the Android tablets we sell is very much the idiot's interpretation of a CPU. I tell them it's basically like an abacus, but with more than one bar for the beads to zip along. A different kind of CPU may have a different number of bars in a different arrangement, and instructions for one will make no sense at all to another. They seem to get that. Strangely, it's not my least knowlegable customers who have a problem with it. They accept what they don't understand, and all I need to say is "it's a different type of CPU, and one can't run things written for another". It's the people who know just about as much, but have gleaned a few buzzwords that are the problem, because they clearly know everything there is to know.

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RE[2]: Logical disconnect...
by pgeorgi on Sun 12th Feb 2012 16:57 in reply to "RE: Logical disconnect..."
pgeorgi Member since:
2010-02-18

Dynamic recompilation might help (though not with games installing kernel drivers).
Thing is, Microsoft was there with NT/Alpha and FX!32 - rather mixed reception. Alpha was very powerful compared to the x86 of its time - ARM is not.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

The only reason to want Windows on a tablet, over Android or iOS, is for the familiar desktop, and the flexibility of installing whatever you damn well please.

We had such Windows tablets for quite some time. They... didn't really took of.

And nearby you write...
If they understand that you can't watch a foreign movie without subtitles, unless you know the language, I'm sure they can grasp that the CPU is different.

Yeah, and making out of that difference the main issue, main cause of avoidance; they can just not buy it - there were (too many) examples of people avoiding even AMD due to "different CPU"...
(really, even "obvious" OS differences were often enough to return unwanted in the end purchases; MS maintaining the same trademark for this product, Windows, will quite possibly prove unfortunate)

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