Windows ARM - Hardware and Software News
Windows on ARM has not been universally popular. When first announced a week shy of three years ago, the prospect of Windows running on ARM processors piqued many people's interest, particularly around what software it would be able to run, and what hardware it would be able to run it on.
With Microsoft planning to kill off Windows RT by not allowing existing ARM devices sporting a screen size of more than 8-inches to upgrade to full Windows 10, one important question arises. Which large screen tablet running Windows 10 will be released by Microsoft to replace its discontinued ARM devices?
Microsoft announced yesterday that Windows 10 would be offered free of charge to buyers of the Raspberry Pi 2, a new version of the device that will launch later this year for only $35 (€30). This way, the Redmond-based software firm basically contributes to the creation of the world's most affordable PC, while also reiterating its efforts to invest more in the IoT field.
Windows Vista is pretty much known as Microsoft's biggest flop in the operating system industry, but it appears that another product is very likely to get the same nickname anytime soon. - Windows RT, which was launched in October 2012 on the Surface RT, is very likely to be dropped in the near future, as Microsoft officially canceled the Lumia 2520 tablet running it.
Interview Today Microsoft and Raspberry Pi announced that Windows 10 will run on the new Pi 2. But why? The Register spoke to Pi founder and CEO Eben Upton. “We’ve had people queuing up and saying they want Windows, the whole time,” says Upton. “I think there’s a sense that 'you’re a real PC' if you run Windows.”
Today the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced the retail availability of their new board, the Raspberry Pi 2. We’re excited to join the Foundation in also announcing that Windows 10 will support Raspberry Pi 2, which will be free for the Maker community through the Windows Developer Program for IoT later this year.
For too long it was the metaphorical unwanted litter of kittens tied in a sack just waiting for someone to ditch it in the river. Windows RT is dead, having enjoyed a cancer-ridden 'life' for longer than many people expected. Microsoft announced that it is no longer going to manufacture Surface devices, all but signing the death warrant for Windows RT.
As part of its latest quarterly financial results, Microsoft revealed this week that its Surface revenues had increased by almost 25%, rising to $1.1 billion. The catalyst for that growth was the launch of the Surface Pro 3 - the thinnest, lightest, largest and most feature-complete iteration of the product so far.
Microsoft’s Windows RT-powered Surface 2 tablet may not be officially dead, but the executioner is sharpening his axe. Microsoft confirmed Tuesday that the Surface 2 is no longer being manufactured, meaning that, at least at Microsoft, no Windows RT tablets are being made.
Microsoft showed its plans for Windows 10 across a wide range of devices this week, but notably absent from its discussions was talk of the new operating system on ARM tablets. According to the company, it still plans to support ARM devices, but with some conditions.
During the Q&A portion of yesterday’s Windows 10 event, I asked Microsoft whether Windows RT would be upgraded to Windows 10. Apparently I misunderstood the answer as Microsoft this morning confirmed that Windows RT will not be upgraded to Windows 10. Instead, the ARM-based version of Windows will get an upgrade that provides only some of the functionality of Windows 10.
Microsoft confirmed on Wednesday that Windows 10 would be available for all devices, including PCs, tablets, and smartphones, but the company intentionally omitted one platform that seems to have no future in its lineup.
The software giant says it's working on an update for the versions of its Surface tablet that used an ARM-based chip. But it will only have some of the functionality of Windows 10. Looks like Microsoft's long-suffering Windows RT software isn't dead quite yet.
Microsoft has no plans to bring its Windows 10 software to tablets running Windows RT. That means the Surface 2, Surface RT, Nokia Lumia 2520, and a handful of other tablets with ARM-based chips and Windows software won’t get all the fancy new Windows 10 features coming to Windows phones and x86-based PCs.
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