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New operating system(s) could target the consumer (mobile, traditional) and enterprise spaces

In the wake of ARM Holdings Plc.'s (LON:ARM) announcement of the upcoming 2014 ARM Cortex-A50 cores, ARM's first 64-bit processors, the company had more big news to share.

Ian Forsyth, program manager at ARM, announced this week that Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) was onboard and the two companies were working together closely to make sure one or more versions of Windows support the new iteration of the low-power architecture.  

Nandan Nayampally, head of ARM's processor marketing division, wrote to PC World in an email, "ARM works with all its OS and ecosystem partners to inform them on next generation technologies and enable their support."

The current version of Windows 8 for ARM chips -- Windows RT -- only supports 32-bit chips.  Likewise, Windows Server 2012 is expected to bring ARM server chip support -- but no 64-bit support.  That's not much of a problem because, as mentioned, 64-bit ARM CPUs won't land for another two years.
Samsung Ativ Tab
Samsung's Ativ Tab is among a crop of initial Windows RT products.

Early retail Windows RT products include Microsoft's Surface and ASUSTek Computer Inc. (TPE:2357Vivo Tab RT, both of which use NVIDIA Corp.'s (NVDA) quad-core, 32-bit Tegra 3 system-on-a-chip (SoC).  Dell, Inc.'s (DELL) XPS 10 and Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930) P8510 Ativ Tab instead use the dual-core variety of Qualcomm, Inc.'s (QCOM) Snapdragon 4, also a 32-bit chip.

x86 software does not run natively on ARM architecture chips, or vice versa.  That means that any application you want to run will need to have been freshly recompiled for Windows on ARM (WOA).  

The grunt work is not limited to recompilation.  Microsoft will have a lot of hard work ahead looking to port and optimize Windows 8 or its successor to work with the new ARMv8 64-bit instruction set extensions.

Source: ARM

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RE: I love Windows 8
By Spuke on 11/4/2012 10:23:32 AM , Rating: 2
For a group of people who's hobby and livelihood is about change, we as a group sure hate it the most. I don't have a problem with change, it's just how it is. But every few years the geeks get all in an uproar over the new Windows OS. It happens over and over and over again. It's REALLY funny how predictable this is. In a couple of years, most everyone here will be running Win8 and liking it and the hate will start over again with Win9. Can't make this up. LOL!

RE: I love Windows 8
By retrospooty on 11/5/2012 7:24:18 AM , Rating: 2
"For a group of people who's hobby and livelihood is about change, we as a group sure hate it the most. "

I dunno about that. As I recall in the past decade+ we were all using XP, hated Vista and loved 7... Pretty well right on the mark as far as that goes. 7 hit the sweet spot. The OS was probably more universally loved than any other ever... So what does MS do on the heals of 7's resounding acceptance? Can it.

RE: I love Windows 8
By Helbore on 11/5/2012 6:15:18 PM , Rating: 2
Xp was detested when it first came out. Fisher Price Windows and Tellytubbyland (in reference to the default wallpaper) were common insults thrown at it.

It wasn't until service pack 2 that it was considered any good. If it hadn't taken Longhorn so long to morph into Vista, XP would probably have gone down as a well-hated version of Windows.

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