Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Window's 8 and ARM

Intel spent the week convincing investors that it can still catch up to ARM Holdings in the mobile market.

Chips based on ARM designs power Apple’s popular Iphone and iPad devices and devices that run Google’s Android software. Intel’s took a hit when Microsoft said Windows 8 for the first time work on ARM chips as well as the x86 design sold by Intel and AMD.

Though Intel on the surface dismissed it saying existing PC programs that users are accustomed to as well as new programs that take advantage of new features in Windows 8. The ARM version will only run the new programs.

Intel seemed to hint to the possibility that an app written for a piece of hardware running Windows 8 on one ARM chip might not work on another device running a chip from another ARM licensee. Which Microsoft quickly said was not true.

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