Previously the relationship and successes of Microsoft Windows and Intel have been very closedly tied - and hence the term 'Wintel' was coined. Today's announcement is a huge for the relationship between Microsoft and ARM since the ARM architecture has previously only been supported by Windows CE based systems such as Windows Phone.
Many however will remember that Windows has in the past run on other hardware - Windows NT ran on the DEC Alpha platform and in recent years on the Itanium. This is different though - those were expensive platforms and never gained a large slice of Windows sales. System on a Chip technology will actually make it Windows computers (PCs, Laptops, Slates/Tablets, etc) less expensive to manufacture and will help decrease the size and power requirements of new systems.
The big questions now are:
- How long will it take Microsoft to get Windows 8 out the door?
- Will application vendors jump on board quickly with ARM versions of their apps? (Including Microsoft)
- How about printer and device makers - will they release ARM drivers quickly?
- What else will Microsoft do to make Windows suitable for Tablet computers?
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Comment by Kiwipixter, on 6-Jan-2011 15:51
gee, you are quick. Im looking at Microsoft's CES '11 keynote live now on Engadget, it has just started.
Comment by Kiwipixter, on 6-Jan-2011 16:10
If MS's intention is to capture the tablet market with this announcement then i am afraid this is going to fail.
Haven't they learned from WIndows CE/Windows Mobile experience, which they eventually ditched for WP7 on phones? Tablets is a new device category in its on right, its not a PC or a laptop. Other tablet OSes are designed from the ground up, i.e BlackBerry Playbook, or heavily re-designed smartphone OSes, aka iOS, Android 3.0, Nokia Meemo.
Why MS is still on the path of replicating the PC experience on the other devices when thats not relevant anymore? The industry have moved on since the PC days.