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ARM-Supported Windows Appearing at CES 2011?

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December 23, 2010 9:04:49 PM

Confirms the saying that everything new is well forgotten old... Windows NT4 supported ARM among other platforms.
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December 23, 2010 9:34:24 PM

Modular, components can be stripped out/supplied as needed, can be easily ported to other platforms and architectures... sounds eerily similar to another OS I can think of that's been around for years.
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December 23, 2010 9:37:12 PM

Cant stand all this cloud stuff. If you have a slow or unstable connection, booting, etc. could take ages. Sticking with W7 until MS makes a 'local' OS again
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December 23, 2010 10:43:18 PM

>Confirms the saying that everything new is well forgotten old... Windows NT4 supported ARM among other platforms.

Not in this universe. Windows NT4 ran on a powerpc chip, the MIPS processor and the digital alpha chip. It never ran on the ARM processor.

Even if Microsoft has windows running on an ARM chip, you still need the 3rd party applications to work on the ARM chip...
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December 24, 2010 12:23:37 AM

For the history of the PC, Intel and MS used their monopolies to prop each other up, as long as personal computing was synonymous with Windows, and Windows only supported Intel, they'd both be able to shut out their competition.

Fast forward to 2010, ARM and their forthcoming 4 and 8 core 2ghz+ CPUs, paired with an excellent Linux OS like Android and Ubuntu, have the ability to side-step the monopoly and revolutionize good-enough mainstream PC's, with superior battery life. Microsoft just told Intel that they are on their own.
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December 24, 2010 12:30:16 AM

Microsoft is quite careful in what is going to say about Windows 8 and ARM - It might kill Windows Phone 7 deliberately or it might be a favored product than the google WebOS.
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December 24, 2010 12:53:05 AM

agnickolovConfirms the saying that everything new is well forgotten old... Windows NT4 supported ARM among other platforms.


There wasn't a version of NT4 for ARM.
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December 24, 2010 5:43:08 AM

PC_HistorianFor the history of the PC, Intel and MS used their monopolies to prop each other up, as long as personal computing was synonymous with Windows, and Windows only supported Intel, they'd both be able to shut out their competition. Fast forward to 2010, ARM and their forthcoming 4 and 8 core 2ghz+ CPUs, paired with an excellent Linux OS like Android and Ubuntu, have the ability to side-step the monopoly and revolutionize good-enough mainstream PC's, with superior battery life. Microsoft just told Intel that they are on their own.


two thumbs up
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December 24, 2010 7:21:26 AM

Microsoft is not really about innovation, it is about beating (or trying to) the competition. Over the last say 10 years, they created products in response of them feeling losing market share.

The record is mixed, but they had several successes and failures. They spent 2 billion dollars making Internet explorer by giving it away to beat out Netscape. Creating Zune to try to beat out ipods with utter failure. Did okay with the xbox then xbox 360. They created the bing portal to try to beat out google.

Let's be honest here, when Microsoft made Windows, they have always have the one size fits all mentality. Most of the components used on some $300 netbook is the same as some $10,000 server. They only recently decided to dabble in a module OS in windows 2010 when they made windows 2010 core. But still don't have the flexability or portability as linux.
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December 24, 2010 9:04:29 AM

I hate this spammers so much.
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December 24, 2010 10:03:37 AM

pug_sMicrosoft is not really about innovation, it is about beating (or trying to) the competition. Over the last say 10 years, they created products in response of them feeling losing market share.The record is mixed, but they had several successes and failures. They spent 2 billion dollars making Internet explorer by giving it away to beat out Netscape. Creating Zune to try to beat out ipods with utter failure. Did okay with the xbox then xbox 360. They created the bing portal to try to beat out google. Let's be honest here, when Microsoft made Windows, they have always have the one size fits all mentality. Most of the components used on some $300 netbook is the same as some $10,000 server. They only recently decided to dabble in a module OS in windows 2010 when they made windows 2010 core. But still don't have the flexability or portability as linux.


First of all, Windows and Linux are different products. Linux is simply a kernel that can be overlaid with whatever user interface and other high level software the developer wishes. As such, you can't compare Windows (kernel + higher layers) to Linux (kernel). Comparing Windows to a specific Linux distro is far fairer of course.

Second, Linux distros aim at a different market. A market of servers, enthousiasts and other people that require customizability. Windows users generally don't require the ability to customize everything.

Agreed with MS being a 'me too' company though. They launched few true innovations and even fewer ever became a success. Most of their products are 'me too', which isn't a bad thing per se.


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December 25, 2010 4:34:57 AM

If I had to bet, I wouldn't bet on the Windows desktop OS getting an ARM compatible core option.

It's much more likely they'd announce a new mobile based OS as the OS to follow "Windows Mobile". Likely a flavor of, or based on, the Windows Phone 7 base.
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December 25, 2010 7:47:44 PM

instead of just making ARM compatible with current windows by building a fake or null pcie bridge within the processor...
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December 28, 2010 4:47:14 AM

Even if it's true, MS has some work to do on Windows to make it suitable for tablets. First, they need to cut the power consumption, Windows uses approximately 2x the power on a given machine than Mac OS X. Second, they need to make a touch screen interface. Maybe some of the work they did on WP7 will apply, but who knows.
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