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[Engadget] Microsoft confirms ARM support is coming in Windows

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Looks like the rumors were true: Microsoft has just confirmed that the next major revision of Windows, what we'll call Windows 8 for now, will include ARM support. The company also is throwing a little love to all the system on a chip (SoC) makers out there, indicating they'll be getting support out of the box as well. This is the sort of thing we've come to expect from Windows Embedded, but it's something new for the company's flagship product, and is something of a continued sign that the concept of a "personal computer" is only going to keep changing. Full details are in the release after the break, but be warned those details don't include anything even resembling a date. There are, however, about a zillion quotes from companies like ARM, which says:
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Pretty awesome and Nvidia just announced a high performance ARM processor. Source
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Technically the same thing.

http://www.overclock.net/technology-...stem-chip.html
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Oh woops, didn't check the tech/science forum.
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wow

this is BIG news!
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yay. now all these worthless personal internet devices can actually have a purpose.

id buy an ipad-esque tablet if it wasnt tied down to a limited, incompatible and locked operating system and codebase like palmos, ios, and android.
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Pointless - it will lead to large incompatibilities between x86 and ARM - since software would have to be compiled differently for each platform. It will just lead to consumer confusion.
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Nice. This will help Nvidia's new CPU to gain traction. While older software still won't be compatible, newer software will probably have an ARM-compatible path.
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Pointless - it will lead to large incompatibilities between x86 and ARM - since software would have to be compiled differently for each platform. It will just lead to consumer confusion.
I'm sure there'll be an inbuilt conversion from one to the other then.
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Pointless - it will lead to large incompatibilities between x86 and ARM - since software would have to be compiled differently for each platform. It will just lead to consumer confusion.
most definately! most consumers dont understand the difference between x86 and x64 let alone the difference between that family and an ARM chip. If they don't know the difference how could they be expected to know an x86 program wouldn't run on the arm platform.
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most definately! most consumers dont understand the difference between x86 and x64 let alone the difference between that family and an ARM chip. If they don't know the difference how could they be expected to know an x86 program wouldn't run on the arm platform.
Sigh. Maybe you should have listened to Steve Ballmer during their Microsoft Presentation. They will be making x86 programs run on ARM. They had Excel and Word both running on ARM. Not to mention, Windows 8.

So do your research before you start saying things won't work. It now works.
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