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  • theblueredmonk theblueredmonk Sep 6, 2011 10:53 AM Flag

    The Intel Tax

    Did you read the rest of what I said? I said that Microsoft has a history of making their operating system work with RISC processors (NT) and then giving up.

    Yes, I did read it. I wasn't sure what point you were making (I am aware of the NT kernel history). Full windows on ARM is a reality not some research project.

    So, what will Windows 8 bring to the market for ARM that Android and other versions of Linux can't? I know that there will be a whole range of low end Windows 8 devices that will only confuse the consumers and give them a lesson on RISC versus X86. There are tons and tons of low end Android tablets that are for sale right now on Ebay for under $200. Go look. They don't sell well.

    It's the other way around: what can ARM bring to MS? The price of an MS device falls massively - that device might not sell in the west, but in low cost markets...

    The RISC v X86 debate is less important today as it was years ago...

    Clearly I see nothing but problems. But, I am open to hearing about how this ARM product will work. Blue, please explain to us how you see ARM and Microsoft actually working to the point that consumers accept it and ARM will finally have a lasting piece of Intel/AMD's Windows market? BTW, is the Windows for ARM SDK available right now?

    Let me say from the outset I agree with you. I don't see MS making the right decisions to make ARM on 'full' windows (laptop/desktop) a long term success. The slates on the other hand I can see working as both an x86 slate and an ARM one are on equal footing (as legacy software wont run on either [all legacy API's have been removed]). Assuming the slates actually sell!

    For ARM to make any penetration into the 'full' windows market, lots of things would need to happen. The key item:

    An x86 emulator to run legacy code (note MS haven't excluded this as an option, only for the 'slates'). Before you ask x86 emulators for ARM do (or did) exist, and yes they run slow. If done properly, all API calls would be done native so the performance impact would be small for some apps. Others like photoshop and games...Well...

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