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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 scrapsma54 on 5/11/2012 8:20:47 PM , Rating: 0
Like many people have already noticed is that Arm is fairly limited and considering how cheap arm is, it would most likely be used by the Elderly and children. Pricewise arm is profitable for windows. Intel will dominate for the college student, professional, and enthusiast due to the compatibility, the inclusion of a powerVR processor, and Speed of a core 2 clocked at 2GHZ.

By StevoLincolnite on 5/11/2012 9:57:02 PM , Rating: 4
Where do you get the idea that Arm is around the speed of a Core 2 @ 2ghz?

If you think about it, Arm is competitive with Medfield. And Medfield is based on the Atom Architecture. And we all know how badly Atom performs against any decent desktop chip!

Heck my ancient Single-core Pentium M 1.6ghz laptop overclocked to 2ghz wipes the floor with my Atom 330 HTPC system in most situations that aren't heavily threaded.

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