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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: You kno what this announcement means
By CashMoney23 on 11/4/2012 10:13:37 PM , Rating: 3
On the enterprise side, there are plenty of things that can only be accomplished from a Windows 8 client side perspective. There are multiple security enhancements, access control, and client interaction changes.

Addressing issues with token size, increasing Kerberos authentication security, and granular control over access permissions are just a few big ones to name.

Oh, and most large organizations today have many home grown in house apps that can quickly and easily be made in to Windows 8 apps which can be easily distributed, and accessed by the user population. By all means, I understand the sharp but extremely short learning curve around the new OS, but there have been equal hurdles in the past.

Once that hurdle is passed, people will find that using the modern UI is just as simple as anything else, if not easier when organizations embrace it and build with/for it.


RE: You kno what this announcement means
By retrospooty on 11/5/2012 7:16:19 AM , Rating: 2
"On the enterprise side, there are plenty of things that can only be accomplished from a Windows 8 client side perspective. There are multiple security enhancements, access control, and client interaction changes."

Agreed, but the gains are negated by the setup and training that would be involved. That and the fact that the existing solutions that each company has in use today is already... in use today. I don't see a compelling reason to swallow that bitter pill for any IT dept. Not going to happen, not in any significant #'s.

"Oh, and most large organizations today have many home grown in house apps that can quickly and easily be made in to Windows 8 apps "

All large organizations today have many home grown in house apps that currently in use and working as of today. To change takes time and investment and again, I don't see the payoff.

Adoption of this platform is going to be slow, as there just aren't any compelling reasons to make an upgrade move. It's all downside with very little to no upside.


By CashMoney23 on 11/5/2012 11:42:57 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed, but the gains are negated by the setup and training that would be involved. That and the fact that the existing solutions that each company has in use today is already... in use today. I don't see a compelling reason to swallow that bitter pill for any IT dept. Not going to happen, not in any significant #'s.

Sorry, there are no current Windows or 3rd party solutions (Pre 2012) for SID compression, Kerberos Armoring, and DAC. Come talk to me when you start having issues with token bloat...


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