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Microsoft Shows Windows Running on ARM

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 36 comments

Look out tablets, you could be getting Windows!

Yesterday we learned that Microsoft is already previewing Internet Explorer 10, even though IE9 is still hot off the press. We love that kind of progress from Microsoft, but hidden within that demo that Microsoft was giving of IE10 at the MIX conference was something even bigger – Windows running on ARM.

That demo that Microsoft gave of Internet Explorer 10 was running on a copy of Windows that was powered by an Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset. That's pretty impressive stuff that points to Windows invading the ARM segment that's right now ruled by lightweight mobile operating systems.

Engadget grabbed the following image as proof of the platform:

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    Anonymous , April 14, 2011 2:20 PM
    Hoo Boy bring it on, Come On MicroSoft, I want my Windows 8 Tables ASAP!
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    house70 , April 14, 2011 2:23 PM
    I guess they wanted to prove Gartner wrong... which should not be that hard.
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    K2N hater , April 14, 2011 2:25 PM
    Looks way more interesting than WP7. Let's hope it's secure and efficient.
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    house70 , April 14, 2011 2:53 PM
    TA152HI don't think anyone, ever, has wanted Windows, unless it was necessary to run an existing software base. On Arm, this isn't so, and on tablets, it isn't so. Still, it's always fun to watch Microsoft try to expand outside their monopoly reach, and fail miserably once again. It's tradition.

    And why would that software base even exist if it weren't for Microsoft?
    You got it backwards, like trying to put the carriage before the horses.
    Consider the expansion of iOS on tablet market after it has been on phones for a few years. Same pattern. Nobody wanted tablets before, and now they're crazy about them.
    I am not an Apple fan, but I am not blindingly denying their role in the development of the segment.
    Try to look up "monopoly" before using it in a sentence; when there are multiple players on the field, that's not a monopoly. Some just play better than others, that's all.
    Less hateful trolling (which I guess is tradition, too), and more objective analysis never hurt anyone.
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    justnice980 , April 14, 2011 3:00 PM
    K2N haterLooks way more interesting than WP7. Let's hope it's secure and efficient.


    You should slap yourself for using the terms microsoft and secure in the same sentence. Slap yourself hard.
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    lamorpa , April 14, 2011 3:09 PM
    TA152HI don't think anyone, ever, has wanted Windows, unless it was necessary to run an existing software base...

    I don't think anyone, ever, has wanted to buy and put gasoline in their car, unless it was necessary to drive anywhere in it.
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    silverblue , April 14, 2011 3:19 PM
    justnice980You should slap yourself for using the terms microsoft and secure in the same sentence. Slap yourself hard.

    Better than Apple and security.
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    Anonymous , April 14, 2011 3:23 PM
    I want a full OS and don't think it is too much.
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    silverblue , April 14, 2011 3:29 PM
    mayankleoboy1FIXED

    Sorry, I must be missing something... what did you fix?
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    NapoleonDK , April 14, 2011 3:41 PM
    silverblueSorry, I must be missing something... what did you fix?
    I read 4 or 5 times, and I still can't figure out what in the heck he fixed. XD
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    segio526 , April 14, 2011 4:00 PM
    Hopefully they use this as an opportunity to shed some of the legacy features that only a small amount of users still use. It'll probably be incredibly stable since, on a tablet, you're not working with a ton of 15 year old peripherals that have emulated and sloppy ported drivers.
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    captaincharisma , April 14, 2011 4:09 PM
    cool MS hasn't made a windows supported ARM since 1996
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    virtualban , April 14, 2011 4:45 PM
    All good, me likes.
    Now to bring Android+Chrome to full x86/x64 :)  :) 
    Competition and choice are always good.
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    robochump , April 14, 2011 4:48 PM
    Yawn... Wincrap on other devices...oh wow!
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    ares1214 , April 14, 2011 4:57 PM
    mayankleoboy1I DIDNT ACTUALLY FIX ANYTHING


    FIXED :p 
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    kilo_17 , April 14, 2011 5:05 PM
    I'd like to see how Windows fares against these light, mobile OS's on ARM devices.
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    milktea , April 14, 2011 5:06 PM
    Intel and AMD is having some competition now that the software giant is moving towards ARM processors. Nvidia suddenly have some chance of survival going with ARM instead of x86.
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    dalethepcman , April 14, 2011 5:14 PM
    Compare the usefulness of an iPad, an Android Tablet, and Windows 7. Although personally I won't use ARM for for anything bigger than a phone/media player due to needing x86, I would happily pay the extra $100 to put Windows OS on a tablet. My phone does everything current tablets do and more, it can also make phone calls.
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    rantoc , April 14, 2011 5:23 PM
    justnice980You should slap yourself for using the terms microsoft and secure in the same sentence. Slap yourself hard.


    Yep thats why Microsoft totally dominates the corporate world.. due to weak security /end sarcasm. Please use your brain before issuing a statement, it should not be hard to add one and one!
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