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Microsoft Shows Windows Running on ARM

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:

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • Hoo Boy bring it on, Come On MicroSoft, I want my Windows 8 Tables ASAP!
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  • house70
    I guess they wanted to prove Gartner wrong... which should not be that hard.
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  • ta152h
    I 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.
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  • K2N hater
    Looks way more interesting than WP7. Let's hope it's secure and efficient.
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  • house70
    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
    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
    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
    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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  • I want a full OS and don't think it is too much.
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  • silverblue
    mayankleoboy1FIXEDSorry, I must be missing something... what did you fix?
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