X86 Apps Will Not Run on Windows 8 ARM Devices
September 18, 2011 12:04 PM
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Microsoft confirms apps must be ported for ARM devices on Windows 8
Microsoft has admitted
that the x86 apps will not run on ARM platforms. ARM processors and Windows 8 are expected to pair up in notebooks and likely inside tablets as well.
Rather than native support for x86 apps on ARM platforms, the developers will have to port their titles to a new architecture called Metro UI. This architecture will run on both ARM and x86 platforms including laptops and more. The confusion over the confirmation that x86 apps won't run on ARM comes from a statement that Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky made at an analyst chat this week.
During that analyst Q&A Sinofsky had noted that legacy apps from Windows 7 would work on Windows 8. That was taken to mean Windows 8 on both x86 and ARM platforms. He also said, "[Microsoft] been very clear since the first CES demos and forward that the ARM product won’t run any x86 applications."
At least part of the reason that x86 apps won't run on ARM Windows 8 machines is that the apps for x86 aren't designed with power frugality in mind and security is also a concern. Sinofsky said, "If we do let them run, we just brought the perceived negatives of some of the ecosystem. So, people say, great, now it’s easy to port viruses and malware and we’ll port those." Microsoft did announce this week that 500,000 developers had
downloaded Windows 8
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RE: Well hopefully
9/19/2011 3:24:56 PM
They will make it so that through Visual Studio you can write the code once and it'll compile an executable for both.
That will work for new apps (using Metro), but any apps you have written in the past targeting Windows will have to be ported or re-written.
I'm sure a lot of Windows developers hoped or assumed that they could recompile their MFC/WinForms/WPF/etc. apps using a newer version of Visual Studio and have them run on ARM. Sounds like that is not going to be the case. That is a big disappointment.
If this is the situation, then Windows 8 on ARM has very little benefit compared to the typical iPad or Android tablet available today. Why bother, quite frankly? Windows 8 on ARM is just going to get caught up in the "race to the bottom" with all the other tablets.
RE: Well hopefully
9/19/2011 11:20:47 PM
This is just another platform to support. You act like this is any different from software on current ARM tablets. There has never been direct compatibility when going from x86 to ARM, but that hasn't stopped people from developing ios exclusive content or porting it on various platforms.
What do you expect them to do, pretend it doesn't exist?
RE: Well hopefully
9/20/2011 10:32:00 AM
WPF is really easy to port to WinRT. MFC and Winforms have been deprecated for years, if you're still using them I can't see why you'd expect that they would be supported on the new runtime. Microsoft's pared down the supported tools to keep the OS profile smaller. Paring down Windows to run on tablets requires a lot of cuts, and I think cutting legacy compatibility (apps that would run very poorly anyway) is the best course of action.
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