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MSFT to Demo Win 8, Set-top Box, More at CES

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If half of these rumors come to fruition it will be a monster week for Microsoft.

A few weeks back, there were some rumors about the subject of Steve Ballmer’s CES keynote. In mid-December, the New York Times cited sources in reporting that tomorrow’s Ballmernote will feature a lot of tablet-talk (kind of like last year, huh Steve?) and a little preview of Windows 8.

NYT had little in the way of details in regards to the Windows 8 preview. However, a fresh bout of reports paint a very interesting picture indeed. TechFlash reports that part of tomorrow’s Windows 8 preview will be as much about Windows 8 as it will be a confirmation of Redmond’s interest in ARM-based devices.

“Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans confirm that the company tomorrow will show Windows running on the ARM architecture common in mobile devices and slate-style computers -- a landmark move intended to make the traditional PC operating system work on a broader array of machines,” writes Todd Bishop, adding, “Windows 8, it turns out, is the version that will introduce that capability. And Microsoft has lined up chip makers Nvidia, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments to make ARM processors for Windows 8 systems.”

Of course, as exciting as the apparition of the next version of Windows is, it’s not expected to be the main focus of Microsoft’s CES presence as the company is supposed to show off several Window-based tablets. Tablets will be this year’s ‘big thing’ as far as CES is concerned but will be especially important for Microsoft to have something special; last year the company announced the HP Slate. A release date for the Slate was never quite nailed down and it took months to hit shelves. When it was finally released, it was done so as an enterprise-only device.

Also rumored for tomorrow is a Microsoft-brand set-top box to rival Apple and Google’s respective forays into the living room, as well as Xbox and Windows Phone announcements.

Ballmer’s keynote is kicking off at 6:30pm tomorrow evening, so we don’t have long to wait! Stay tuned!

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    joytech22 , January 5, 2011 4:37 AM
    I think microsoft is the last company to make a ARM OS after 2000.
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    dEAne , January 5, 2011 7:33 AM
    indeed I will wait for that great news.
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    razzb3d , January 5, 2011 8:50 AM
    joytech22I think microsoft is the last company to make a ARM OS after 2000.


    It's one of the first companies to make RISC operating sistems. Windows CE anyone? Windows Mobile?

    What's interesting about win8 is the posibility of installing it on a RISC CPU based machine and KEEPING ALL THE SOFTWARE that u run on your x86 PC.

    Not to mention this gives nVidia a chance to get a piece of the mainstream PC pie (they do not have an x86 license). Immagine a Quad-Core RISC PC with nvidia graphics running the same high end games that your x86 pc with an intel or amd CPU can run. This would open up a lot of possibilities and unite platforms IF POSSIBLE.
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    bv90andy , January 5, 2011 1:36 PM
    I wont get my hopes up... we'll see.
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    bourgeoisdude , January 5, 2011 1:38 PM
    razzb3dIt's one of the first companies to make RISC operating sistems. Windows CE anyone? Windows Mobile?What's interesting about win8 is the posibility of installing it on a RISC CPU based machine and KEEPING ALL THE SOFTWARE that u run on your x86 PC.Not to mention this gives nVidia a chance to get a piece of the mainstream PC pie (they do not have an x86 license). Immagine a Quad-Core RISC PC with nvidia graphics running the same high end games that your x86 pc with an intel or amd CPU can run. This would open up a lot of possibilities and unite platforms IF POSSIBLE.


    Has anyone ever heard of Windows NT?
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    zachary k , January 5, 2011 1:47 PM
    well, it seems windows 8 is not for desktops, instead it will fill that area between win mo pho 7 and windows 7.
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    g00fysmiley , January 5, 2011 2:08 PM
    i hope they make the kinect compatible with the next xbox as they are announcing the new xbox supposedly... haven't gotten one yet due to unsure if they will make it compatible or not
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    bsherry , January 5, 2011 3:59 PM
    razzb3dIt's one of the first companies to make RISC operating sistems. Windows CE anyone? Windows Mobile?What's interesting about win8 is the posibility of installing it on a RISC CPU based machine and KEEPING ALL THE SOFTWARE that u run on your x86 PC.Not to mention this gives nVidia a chance to get a piece of the mainstream PC pie (they do not have an x86 license). Immagine a Quad-Core RISC PC with nvidia graphics running the same high end games that your x86 pc with an intel or amd CPU can run. This would open up a lot of possibilities and unite platforms IF POSSIBLE.


    Not possible, look at when Mac went to Intel processors. Everything had to be recompiled to run on the new architecture.
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    thejerk , January 5, 2011 7:37 PM
    Wonder if all the networks schmiked Google TV to partner with Microsoft TV or WinTV or, lol... WebTV Dos Punto Cero?
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    adamboy64 , January 5, 2011 7:52 PM
    G00fySmileyi hope they make the kinect compatible with the next xbox as they are announcing the new xbox supposedly... haven't gotten one yet due to unsure if they will make it compatible or not


    I hope you're right. I think it'll be a smart move making the Kinect compatible with their next console.

    As we've been hearing, at the moment Kinect is supposedly "held back" by the power of the 360. Under new hardware the Kinect might be more capable. Could be a big marketing point for them.

    That said, I think they were hoping Kinect would extend the lifespan of the 360 by several years - so I don't know.. Doesn't seem like they'll announce a new console here, but I'd like to be surprised.
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    brother shrike , January 5, 2011 9:07 PM
    razzb3dIt's one of the first companies to make RISC operating sistems. Windows CE anyone? Windows Mobile?What's interesting about win8 is the posibility of installing it on a RISC CPU based machine and KEEPING ALL THE SOFTWARE that u run on your x86 PC.Not to mention this gives nVidia a chance to get a piece of the mainstream PC pie (they do not have an x86 license). Immagine a Quad-Core RISC PC with nvidia graphics running the same high end games that your x86 pc with an intel or amd CPU can run. This would open up a lot of possibilities and unite platforms IF POSSIBLE.


    Everything would need to be compiled for a different architecture. Just because an operating system works on a different architecture doesn't mean the rest of the software will.
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    11796pcs , January 9, 2011 9:30 PM
    The way people are talking about Windows 8, will there even be a point to moving from 7 to 8? Of course Microsoft will announce some almost useless feature on their new operating system like Aero View or whatever that will make 7 look like crap. But from all I have heard Windows 8 looks like it is going to be focused towards less powerful devices.