Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Apr 2012 11:53 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Barnes & Noble is spinning off its Nook e-reader business into a new company - which will be a cooperation with Microsoft. Redmond will invest $300 million into the new company, and on top of that, the two companies have settled the patent litigation, which was part of Microsoft's string of mafia practices against Android vendors. I have a sneaking suspicion this will be the end of the line for the Android-based Nook e-readers and tablets. Get 'm while supplies last.
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Windows RT for ARM incoming
by jgagnon on Mon 30th Apr 2012 12:14 UTC
jgagnon
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2008-06-24

No doubt.

I can see Microsoft doing this simply because just as Windows RT is about to head out the door, it's already mostly irrelevant considering the sharp contrast between it and the capabilities of the x86 version of Windows. Not to mention the steep rise in "tablet-level" performance we are seeing.

Someone should teach Microsoft to not point guns at their own feet.

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RE: Windows RT for ARM incoming
by MollyC on Mon 30th Apr 2012 19:04 in reply to "Windows RT for ARM incoming"
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2006-07-04

Maybe WinRT exists because nobody ever ruled MS to have a monopoly on ARM, so they can bundle whatever they want with WinRT (e.g. Office, Nook reader, etc).
The USDOJ case against MS resulted in a ruling that MS had monopoly on "x86" processor operating systems. The ARM world is free for MS to do whatever they want.

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jgagnon Member since:
2008-06-24

What I meant, and said poorly, was that Windows RT isn't even out yet and it is already in jeopardy because of Intel's newest mobile processors. They're fast enough to run the "real" Windows on a mobile device and that makes them a threat to Windows RT's relevance. Who would bother to choose Windows RT over Windows 7/8 if given the choice?

There will still be RT devices sold because it is an OEM-only install, but it sure complicates Microsoft's life if someone else is selling a Win 7/8 device with similar physical characteristics and mostly incompatible Windows software. Microsoft needs to dominate both spaces (mobile and desktop) with "separate but equal" products to sustain its livelihood.

I'm sure Microsoft is constantly calculating on how to get Windows into ARM territory to compete against Android and this is one very convenient way to do it. Now they will likely have a legitimate Windows RT install on a (soon to be formerly) Android device. It will be a closed system they can control.

They want to compete against Android on ARM, not x86, and the further they can keep those camps apart the better off they are. With an "ARM-like" x86 chip out there in the wild, Microsoft begins to compete with itself (Win RT versus Win 8). On another front, Intel is actively working on solidifying and improving the port of Android from ARM to x86. Not a good situation for Microsoft.

I'm going to predict that Intel will be Microsoft's biggest thorn in the coming months/years, if not by choice. Intel is making "Android Everywhere" a possibility while trimming their hardware profile to a point that it can directly compete with ARM technology. I predict Windows RT will be a dead-end product. Why switch from Android to Windows if your apps can't come along (either from your laptop/desktop or from your phone)? The ONLY way Microsoft stands a chance is if it can get a lot of developer buy-in on Windows RT, which is possible, but not likely in my world view.

We live in interesting times.

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