Originally Posted by mbudden
Nope. Converted code to run x86 programs.
Watch the keynote they had. They ran it on 4 different computers. All netbook sized. From Intel/Nvidia/AMD & Texas Instruments.
It is NOT converted code. See below.
Originally Posted by dham
Brutuz you probably should have watched the presentation before making assumptions. Just saying.
Yes they did. I think it's kind of cool. ARM Windows would be a lot safer. At least for a while.
That's the whole flaw with making Windows run on Arm - it means that every single piece of software would have to be recompiled for Arm. At the moment, you can download a Windows binary, and as long as it wasn't written to access some internal component, it could have been written 15 years ago and would work just fine today.
Now, there'll be an instant spread, even among Windows versions. Anything released before the release of Windows 8 will refuse to run, and developers will have to develop for multiple platforms - which in all but the most low tech cases would require separate testing on a separate computer.
IMO, it will be a PR disaster for Microsoft on release.
Read up about how Windows XP 64 bit Edition (not x64) did when it added an incompatible architecture into the mix.