Windows ARM - Hardware and Software News
The latest rumor says the next version of the Xbox will be smaller and cheaper than the current version, and will be based on the Windows9 core software and ARM processors.That's according to a blogger called MSNerd, who revealed this information based on "rumors, tips, and speculation." Here's what the post says:
Paul Thurrott demonstrates Windows 8 on the tablet in this edition of Windows IT Pro Insider. Along with Sean Deuby, Michael Otey, and Jeff James, Paul walks through the touch-screen interface and the start menu. He demonstrates the picture password feature where you can use gestures to log in.
With ARM-based processors becoming more powerful with every new generation, the idea of using such devices for powering next-generation ultra-thin notebooks and entry-level PC seems extremely plausible, and Qualcomm wants to be one of the first ARM licensees to get into this market.
Summary: PC maker Asus has let the cat partially out of the bag regarding its Windows 8 tablet plans. It seems apparent, however, that there are at least two Win 8 tablets coming from Asus before the end of next year.
ARM's new 64-bit ARMv8 architecture could be used in tablets and smartphones in a few years, which could help deliver better performance when running demanding applications such as video, analysts said on Thursday.
On Thursday, ARM took the wraps off its long awaited 64-bit version of the ARM instruction set architecture (ISA). Called ARMv8, the new extensions will put ARM squarely in competition with Intel in the server and desktop markets. It’s important to note that ARM’s move to 64 bits isn’t about performance - rather, it’s strictly about giving ARM-based platforms the ability to cleanly and efficiently address more than 4GB of usable memory.
ARMv8 will extend the company's ecosystem of energy-efficient, secure chips to the enterprise by 2014 - In a move that should add a few more drops of perspiration to furrowed brows at Intel and AMD, ARM today unveiled details of its ARMv8 architecture, which will extend its ecosystem into the 64-bit world of enterprise computing, perhaps gaining footing in Windows environments.
NVIDIA's founder and president Jen-Hsun Huang has never been one to dodge a question, and that made for an excellent closing interview here at AsiaD. Outside of (re)confirming what lies ahead for Tegra, he also spoke quite openly about his feeling towards Windows on ARM in response to a question from Joanna Stern. Here's the bulk of his reply:
I've been a bit busy on non-coding stuff as of late, but I did manage to get some time to install the Windows 8 Developer Preview natively. Previously I had been running it on a VirtualBox VM, which worked but only supported non-accelerated video and was prone to heavy freezing for minutes at a time.
Microsoft recently handed out 5000 Samsung tablets running Windows 8 to developers at its Build conference, in a bid to encourage app development. These apps will be able to take advantage of the low-power, long battery life ARM tablets, which have Intel Core i5 CPUs in.
The first time I went to see Microsoft, it was still up in Bellevue, Washington and it employed about 70 people. This is a company that I have followed even closer than Apple over the years and I've interacted with almost all of its leaders since 1982. I have even worked on various Microsoft projects from time to time.
Analysis: Why legacy app support is a big deal for Microsoft's new OS - Windows 8 is coming. We've heard all about it, poked around with it and really rather like it. What Microsoft is doing is good and, what's more, it might breed a whole new range of multipurpose computing devices that go beyond the tablet.
The Web today is abuzz with all sorts of conflicting stories about running "legacy" Windows 7 apps on the ARM Windows 8 desktop. Microsoft hasn't given a simple yes-or-no answer to this vexing question, but I thought Galen Gruman nailed it several days ago, in his post "Windows 8 on ARM chips: It was too good to be true." He says that ARM-based Windows 8 machines won't run X86 apps, referencing Steve Sinofsky's response during the earnings call last Wednesday.
While Windows 8 is at least a year away, if not more, from its launch, that hasn't stopped the Internet rumor mill from posting up word about possible Windows 8-based products. Today the Twitter page of Eldar Murtazin, the editor in chief of Mobile-Review.com, claims that HTC is developing its own Windows 8 tablet that will run some kind of ARM-based processor. Murtazin has broken news about other products in the past. This same rumor also appears on TFTS which says the ARM processor will be made by Qualcomm
I've heard numerous folks who attended Build in person and/or via Webcasts say that there will be no Desktop app experience when Windows 8 ships on PCs and tablets running on ARM processors. Until today, I thought the same. But this is not correct.