Windows 8 on ARM


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For those not familiar with the architecture that most mobile devices use these days, this might sound like Spanish, but bear with us we will explain. Apple’s iPhone, Android smartphones, Symbian and BlackBerry smartphones all have one thing in common: they run on ARM powered chips. These low powered chips are also being used to power tablets such as the Motorola Xoom, Apple iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab as well as others.

Microsoft has yet to make a formal announcement concerning its position concerning mobile devices except for phones and laptops. But rumor has it that a variant of Windows 8 will be built for tablets. The key to this working is for Windows to run on the same architecture that most other manufactures and OEM’s use to power their devices.

At the company’s annual MIX event, Microsoft showed the next version of their operating system running on ARM. What does this mean? An iPad, XOOM and Galaxy Tab challenger from Microsoft, unfortunately we did not have a preview of the UI, but at least the underlining software code works, now for a tablet friendly skin and thousands of Windows apps will be in the palm of your hand on your next Windows tablet.

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