Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Apr 2012 07:41 UTC
Windows While I was fast asleep, Microsoft unveiled the SKUs for Windows 8 - and we're in for a surprise. Yes, after years and years of fully deserved mockery for releasing 343 versions of each Windows release, the company has seen the light and reduced everything to just four - of which only two, Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro, will be freely available in stores.
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RE: ARM
by arpan on Tue 17th Apr 2012 10:15 UTC in reply to "ARM"
arpan
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2006-07-30

People who may well have bought copies of Windows 8 for their ARM machines will be forced into a life of crime.


What ARM machines? ARM devices aren't freely available. The ones that are available are the iOS & Android devices, and although they may have also use ARM, the hardware will probably be very different from what Windows RT supports (which I expect will be only selected SOCs like Windows Phone).

Piracy is not gonna be easy, since the only devices that will run Windows RT properly will already come with Windows RT preinstalled!

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RE[2]: ARM
by gan17 on Tue 17th Apr 2012 10:43 in reply to "RE: ARM"
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2008-06-03

What ARM machines? ARM devices aren't freely available.


Niche market right now, I realize, but what about stuff like the Raspberry Pi or Pandaboard? I'm pretty sure (assuming the hardware is powerful enough) there are some people out there that would want to run Windows on these things.

Edited 2012-04-17 10:44 UTC

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RE[3]: ARM
by arpan on Tue 17th Apr 2012 10:56 in reply to "RE[2]: ARM"
arpan Member since:
2006-07-30

Biggest issue, drivers. Second, secure boot. Third: performance.

Niche market right now, I realize, but what about stuff like the Raspberry Pi or Pandaboard? I'm pretty sure (assuming the hardware is powerful enough) there are some people out there that would want to run Windows on these things.


All these years, whether you bought or pirated software, you were running the software on the same hardware. Now, with Windows on ARM, it will be a lot different, since freely available hardware is very different. So, sure piracy might continue, but I feel that it will be a lot less mainstream now, atleast for the OS.

Most pirates will still want all the features, so they will buy a ARM system with the included Android or Windows RT OS. And then, they will jail break it to allow them to pirate the apps.

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RE[2]: ARM
by Neolander on Tue 17th Apr 2012 17:46 in reply to "RE: ARM"
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2010-03-08

What ARM machines? ARM devices aren't freely available. The ones that are available are the iOS & Android devices, and although they may have also use ARM, the hardware will probably be very different from what Windows RT supports (which I expect will be only selected SOCs like Windows Phone).

As far as I can tell, Microsoft have decided to take ARM a big step forward and to force Windows 8 ARM OEMs to follow some SoC-agnostic standards (UEFI and ACPI noticeably).

Too bad that they will also force locked bootloaders on these things, they would have been the first ARM devices which I would have enjoyed low-level development on.

Edited 2012-04-17 17:47 UTC

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