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Missing legacy mode will hurt ARM Windows 8 according to Intel

Intel CEO Paul Otellini is certainly feeling a bit of heat as ARM processor architecture is set to come into Intel's traditional market of notebooks running Windows and compete head-to-head. Intel has been unable to compete directly against ARM in the mobile market for smartphones and tablets due to the higher power consumption of Intel chips. That is changing, however, with Intel "Medfield"-based smartphones coming to market.
Otellini was addressing a group of investors at Intel's investor day this week and took the time to throw stones at ARM platforms running Windows RT.

"There's been a lot of debate that [Windows 8] is going to be a real entree for the ARM camp into Windows for the first time," said Otellini. "While at face value, that's true...[but] I think they have a big uphill fight."

During the meeting, Intel showed off a new ultrabook with a touchscreen that was running Windows 8. The demonstration showed how the machine could be changed between the new touch centric Metro mode and a classic mode with the keyboard and mouse for control called legacy mode.
"With one button you can get to legacy mode...this is critically important for CIOs who want to preserve all of their investments in software," he said. "We have the advantage of the incumbency, advantage of the legacy support. Not just in terms of applications but devices."
Otellini also said that Windows 8 on ARM lacks corporate enterprise readiness which will further limit it's appeal. 

Source: CNET

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RE: Thanks For Pointing that out Intel
By kleinma on 5/11/2012 10:49:30 AM , Rating: 2
Well you could look at it from the standpoint that there are 2 types of software. physical media, and downloaded. I am sure no ARM units will have optical drives, so no person is going to get mad when they pop in some game CD and it won't install, because they can't get that far.

Most people (not all, but most) who download and install applications from the web, are generally at least a bit more tech savvy, and are more likely to know what they have is ARM or x86 based. You might get the occasional person who is trying to get iTunes on their ARM tablet, but you can't hold everyones hand. You claim the branding is flawed, yet not a single piece of hardware has hit the market yet, so I don't know how you can make that judgement so early. All the news so far about Windows 8 and ARM has been geared towards people who read tech news. There has been no real public marketing yet for any of this stuff.

RE: Thanks For Pointing that out Intel
By WalksTheWalk on 5/11/2012 11:35:59 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, I just read that Microsoft WILL officially be differentiating the Windows 8 x86 and WinRT ARM products.

Windows 8 x86 = Windows 8
Windows 8 ARM = Windows RT

I don't know why they just didn't name it Windows Metro instead of Windows RT. Just silly.

By Aries1470 on 5/13/2012 5:17:57 AM , Rating: 3
I don't know why they just didn't name it Windows Metro instead of Windows RT. Just silly.

Maybe because that is the new user interface's name? Just like "Aero" was for Vista & 7.

At least that is my understanding of it :-)

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