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Microsoft confirms apps must be ported for ARM devices on Windows 8

SlashGear reports that 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 so far.

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By jnemesh on 9/19/2011 6:27:17 PM , Rating: 1
So, you go buy a piece of software for your computer and it wont run on your tablet? Thats what I am getting out of this! If ARM and x86 platforms are incompatible...WHY EVEN MAKE an ARM version? I think they are setting themselves up for an EPIC FAIL with Windows 8! Between this and the fact that all "Metro" apps will be sold EXCLUSIVELY through M$'s own app store (and nowhere else), I am SERIOUSLY considering a move to Linux on the desktop!

By hemmy on 9/19/2011 6:58:06 PM , Rating: 2
All the developer has to do is recompile it, jfc calm down.

By MarioJP on 9/20/2011 3:33:14 AM , Rating: 2
The entire comment is plain flawed. First of, why would you want to run a desktop program on a tablet?? It is not the same!. Secondly, I support this move that x86 should stay with x86 architecture not mesh with Arm. If you had more understanding of these two architecture just maybe you see why this is a good move.

By PrezWeezy on 9/20/2011 8:40:16 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, all software that can run on your ARM tablet will be sold through the Marketplace. The same as content for the iOS iPad and the Android tablets. That way there is no confusion as to will it run. If it's ARM based you buy through the Marketplace, if it's a desktop you can go through traditional OEM/Retail.


We shall see. I think one of the major issues with Enterprise adoption of tablets has been management based. With Windows 8 all of your current management infrastructure can be used and they will be treated just like another desktop. I can see a lot of use for these things. Especially if they let people make add-on devices like scanners and other industry specific peripherals.

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