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  • Metro style apps and the Win32 API

    Windows on ARMThere's been a bit of discussion about the difference between "desktop apps" and "Metro style apps" on Windows 8, particularly as it pertains to Windows RT (previously Windows on ARM), which currently isn't going to allow third party development of desktop apps. Part of the confusion comes from the fact that you can use native C++ code in a Metro style app.

  • Microsoft Windows 8 on ARM: Ready for Showtime?

    Windows on ARMAs we head toward the availability of Windows 8 in Q4, the amount of information available about X86-based platforms dwarfs that of ARM-based platforms from NVIDIA, Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments. One example is the Consumer Preview (CP). The Windows 8 CP on X86 (Intel/AMD) was and still is openly available for any consumer on the planet to try, without exaggeration.

  • Domain Join and ARM Tablets: Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River

    Windows on ARMBefore I start this month's column, I just can't resist crowing a bit. Last year, when Microsoft released its online Office product and called it "Office 365," I snarkily asked at a keynote, "So does that mean it won't run on February 29 next year?" -- referring to this year's leap day. And what happened on February 29? That's right . . . a leap year bug crashed Azure. Microsoft folks, you've just got to pay closer attention to my keynotes!

  • Windows 8 on Intel is unlike ARM in crucial way, Microsoft confirms

    Windows on ARMMicrosoft made it clear today why Windows 8 on an Intel-based tablet will be different from competing tablets based on ARM chips. After speaking in Barcelona for close to an hour today about how Windows 8 on Intel and Windows 8 on ARM (WOA) will be the same, two Microsoft executives addressed, albeit briefly, a much more sensitive topic: why they're also very different.

  • No domain membership or enterprise management for Windows 8 on ARM

    Windows on ARMAs Microsoft released the Windows 8 Consumer Preview today, it also published a product guide for business users of the operating system. In the guide, it was revealed that the ARM-based version of Windows 8 will lack some of the management features available to the version running on PCs—a limitation that may make the mobile version of the operating system a little less attractive to large enterprises out of the gate.

  • Office 15 Apps in Windows on ARM Might Not Be Native Apps

    Windows on ARMOne of the most appealing features that Windows on ARM will arrive on shelves with is Office 15 applications, meant to run in the desktop mode that Windows users are so familiar with. - Reports on Microsoft planning the inclusion of Office 15 in Windows 8 emerged ever since last year, and have all been confirmed last week, when Windows President Steven Sinofsky provided more details on Windows on ARM.

  • Windows Weekly 247: WOA Nelly!

    Windows on ARMIn the latest episode of the Windows Weekly podcast, Leo, Mary Jo and I discuss Microsoft's blockbuster revelation about Windows 8 on ARM (WOA), the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, how Mary Jo and Paul handle insider information, Metro-style apps vs. Metro-styled apps, Kinect for Windows, more Microsoft cross-platform porting, Brandon Watson leaves the Windows Phone team, and Microsoft's quiet sell-off of some TellMe technologies.

  • WOA! Windows 8 on ARM Revealed

    Windows on ARMThis week, after over a year of silence in the face of persistent and understandable questions from customers, tech enthusiasts and the press, Microsoft finally revealed more about its plans for Windows 8 on ARM or, as the company now calls it, WOA. I'm grateful that Microsoft answered a ton of questions about this release. There are, however, a few more questions too.

  • Microsoft brings the walled garden to Windows on ARM

    Windows on ARMApple's strategy concerning third party applications on iOS is the target of a good deal of criticism: it's either the App Store or nothing at all. Like it or not, Microsoft will bring the same approach to Windows as it ports the platform to the ARM architecture.

  • Microsoft: No plug-ins allowed on Windows on ARM

    Windows on ARMAs we Microsoft watchers continue to parse the 8,600-word post on Windows on ARM (WOA) that posted on February 10 on the “Building Windows 8″ blog, more new questions are arising. The latest: What are developers and customers who rely on browser plug-ins to do if they want ARM-based Windows 8 tablets and PCs?

  • AnandTech - Microsoft Provides Windows on ARM Details

    Windows on ARMWe've known that Microsoft has been planning an ARM-compatible version of Windows since well before we knew anything else about Windows 8, but the particulars have often been obscured both by unclear signals from Microsoft itself and subsequent coverage of those unclear signals by journalists.

  • Windows 8 on ARM: Steven Sinofsky speaks

    Windows on ARMWindows 8 for ARM tablets will come out at the same time as Windows 8 for x86 PCs, if everything goes according to plan. Microsoft has released full details on Windows on ARM today. It will have the Windows desktop, with familiar apps like Explorer, Internet Explorer and the Windows Live apps, plus Office – but everything else will be Metro.

  • Building Windows for the ARM processor architecture

    Windows on ARMOne of the notable aspects of Microsoft Windows has been the flexibility the architecture has shown through shifts in technology and expansion of customer usage over time. What started out as an operating system for one person working solo with productivity software is now the foundation of a wide array of hardware and software technologies, a spectrum of connected Windows products, and an incredibly flexible approach to computing.

  • Windows 8 on ARM: The Desktop Plot Thickens

    Windows on ARMMicrosoft still isn't offering a clear answer on whether ARM-based Windows 8 computers will support the classic Windows desktop, but a recent blog post suggests that the company will.

  • Windows 8 on ARM: The desktop is still there

    Windows on ARMSummary: A new Microsoft blog post strongly implies that both Metro-style and Desktop apps will be supported on Windows 8 on ARM, as Microsoft originally promised. - This is kind of a back-handed way to confirm something, but that seems to be the way things work at Microsoft when it comes to Windows 8.

  • Windows 8 Frequently Asked Questions / Quick Guide

    Windows on ARMQ: What is Windows 8? - A: Windows 8 is the code name for the next version of Windows, while Windows Server 8 is the code name for the next version of Windows Server. Both follow Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Windows 8 is currently in development, the development started immediately after Windows 7.

  • Will Windows 8 ARM devices offer a limited desktop interface?

    Windows on ARMMicrosoft has been coy about certain details on Windows 8 ARM devices. But a new rumor suggests that some type of desktop interface may join the new Metro UI on such devices. The folks in Redmond could be eyeing a limited or restricted desktop for Windows 8 ARM tablets and other devices, and one that will support only specific apps. At least, that's the scuttlebut from the Verge's Tom Warren, who wrote yesterday "that's exactly what we are hearing the software giant plans to do."

  • Windows 8 ARM devices to have a non-Metro desktop experience with app restrictions?

    Windows on ARMBack in December, a rumor emerged that Microsoft could be ditching the traditional Windows desktop for Windows 8 ARM tablets, signaling a move towards the Metro style user interface as the sole ARM strategy. Microsoft has consistently refused to comment on its plans for Windows 8 ARM, and has been reluctant to let vendors show off tablets running on ARM chipsets.

  • The significant hurdles facing Windows 8 tablets

    Windows on ARMHaving used, and I mean really usedtablets for a decade, I am excited and concerned about the upcoming Windows 8 tablets. Especially the ones running on a real mobile platform, ARM. I know Microsoft is putting a tremendous effort into getting Windows 8 on ARM as good as can be, but my experience with tablets tells me there are some significant obstacles in the way to make them succeed.Form Factor

  • Windows 8 on ARM will have legacy problems

    Windows on ARMMicrosoft might have a few problems getting its Windows 8 software to run on ARM processors, warned a software analyst. Patrick Moorhead wrote in Forbes that while he was impressed with Windows 8 there has been no developer preview for ARM SOCs and there is probably a good reason for it.


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