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Monday, 16 January 2012 11:41

Analyst dismisses Microsoft's Windows on ARM dream

Written by Nick Farell



Doomed is too strong a word


Microsoft's plans to stick Windows on ARM are not quite as doomed as an Italian cruise ship piloted by a Neapolitan captain, five miles off course sailing close to an island to toot at the inhabitants.

But analyst Stan Gold thinks that Microsoft still will not be terribly successful. He thinks that the problem will be a lack of backwards software compatibility on the platform, particularly if the industry does not quickly take up the idea.

If the universe greets Windows on ARM with a big yawn, then Vole will stop spending resources on it and the whole lot will list sideways and require some partners to swim to the shore. Of course Stan did not use these metaphors, he is locked in CES mode and so has not read a real newspaper for several days.

Talking to EE Times, Stan said that he thinks that the next big thing on smartphones, tablets or PCs will be GPUs and he predicts that with browser tech being GPU driven it can only get bigger.

Nick Farell

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+3 #1 Jaberwocky 2012-01-16 12:12
The answer of course would be to have x86 emulation built in to it till the software manufacturers are fully on board and have ported their software.By Windows 10 arm version you could then probably ditch the emulation mode.

Just a thought.
 
 
-6 #2 DaRAGE 2012-01-16 13:35
"Microsoft's plans to stick Windows on ARM are not quite as doomed as an Italian cruise ship piloted by a Neapolitan captain, five miles off course sailing close to an island to toot at the inhabitants."

HAHAHAA that made me laugh real hard ;-P :D :D

"If the universe greets Windows on ARM with a big yawn, then Vole will stop spending resources on it and the whole lot will list sideways and require some partners to swim to the shore. Of course Stan did not use these metaphors, he is locked in CES mode and so has not read a real newspaper for several days." LOLLOLOLOLOL :D :D :D
 
 
+3 #3 ogi 2012-01-16 13:36
I think they don't want to have an emulator because it would be too slow, on an already slower platform (arm) and people would get the impression that windows on arm is slow, so they need native apps.
 
 
+4 #4 Sodomy 2012-01-16 14:01
I am actually looking forward to an ARM based windows experiance.

oh look, can't play starcraft, be actually productive at work. not haveing to carry arround a laptop charger is also a bonus, assuming they get the battery life part right.
 
 
-2 #5 nECrO 2012-01-16 16:54
Let's not forget the first 4 letters of ANALyst kids.
 
 
-2 #6 JWellington 2012-01-16 16:58
It shouldn't be too hard to port apps to ARM's architecture. Just recompile the damn things. Problem lies with abandoned projects and code written in dinosaur C.
 
 
-4 #7 HBeam 2012-01-16 18:06
*big yawn*
 
 
+1 #8 takethis 2012-01-17 01:30
I'm sure everything would be f-- ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD!
 

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