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Microsoft: No Windows 8 ARM Support For x86 Apps 413

jcombel writes "It turns out Microsoft's app compatibility will be limited to one architecture or another. Yes, Windows 8 will run on your ARM tablet, but your x86 Office 2003 will not. In his explanation, Steven Sinofsky reasoned, 'If we allow the world of x86 application support like that, or based on what we call desktop apps in our start yesterday, then there are real challenges in some of the value propositions for system on a chip,' he said. 'You know, will battery life be as good, for example? Well, those applications aren't written to be really great in the face of limited battery constraints, which is a value proposition of the Metro style apps.'"
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Microsoft: No Windows 8 ARM Support For x86 Apps

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  • Well... (Score:5, Funny)

    by LoudNoiseElitist (1016584) on Friday September 16, 2011 @09:31AM (#37419326)
    ...that just killed my desire for Windows 8 on a tablet. Thanks anyway, Microsoft.
  • Re:Well... (Score:4, Funny)

    by Waffle Iron (339739) on Friday September 16, 2011 @10:13AM (#37419826)

    It's like the people that were going off about how iPad's don't need USB functionality, insinuating that there is no point to having USB on the tablet. Uh, what? Who could possibly see more connectivity or functionality as a bad thing?

    Connectivity is good, but not with a churlish port like USB, which is so often used by the hoi polloi.

    We need to have the patience to wait while Apple develops a proprietary "iPort", which will provide exclusive connectivity to approved devices that meet the elite standards of the iPad and its users.

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