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Microsoft Ready To Talk Windows On ARM 342

Posted by timothy
from the hole-in-the-marketshare-dike dept.
An anonymous reader writes "After many months of working in secret, Microsoft is nearly ready to start talking about its plans to bring Windows to ARM-based processors. However, while the company is set to discuss the effort at next month's Consumer Electronics Show, there is still a lot that must be done before such products can hit the market. Among the steps needed is for hardware makers to create ARM-compatible drivers, a time-consuming effort that explains in part why Microsoft is talking about the initiative well ahead of any products being ready. Meanwhile, Ubuntu is already starting to ship on some ARM devices and running on many others."
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Microsoft Ready To Talk Windows On ARM

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  • by surfdaddy (930829) on Thursday December 23, 2010 @06:03PM (#34655334)
    Among the steps needed is for hardware makers to create ARM-compatible drivers, a time-consuming effort that explains in part why Microsoft is talking about the initiative well ahead of any products being ready

    Isn't Microsoft always talking about initiatives well ahead of products being ready?

  • by u19925 (613350) on Thursday December 23, 2010 @06:36PM (#34655602)
    Microsoft has an excellent track record of supporting Windows on non-X86 processors. MIPS, PowerPC, DecAlpha, Itanium. With such an excellent track record, I am sure, the industry will take it very seriously and we will see tons of devices, computers in the market very quickly. Thank you Microsoft.
  • by noidentity (188756) on Thursday December 23, 2010 @09:32PM (#34656860)
    THE show-stopper is malware. It would take years to rewrite that for ARM, which would put this at a disadvantage for years until malware writers had time to port everything. Not even Microsoft can overcome this obstacle.

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