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#1 TheSentinel

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 07:57 PM

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Windows 8 on Intel is unlike ARM in crucial way, Microsoft confirms
by Brooke Crothers | February 29, 2012 8:55 PM PST

Summary: Yep, there's one big gotcha if you choose a Windows 8 tablet using an ARM processor.

Microsoft 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.

Windows 8 marks the first time that a mainstream Windows operating system will run on processors from ARM chip suppliers like Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and Nvidia in addition to those from Intel and AMD.

First, let's review the similarities as spelled out by Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows Division at Microsoft, and Michael Angiulo, a corporate vice president, at the Windows 8 Preview keynote in Barcelona. The presentation was streamed on Microsoft's Web site.

More details at: http://news.cnet.com...osoft-confirms/


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Posted 01 March 2012 - 08:03 PM

Please read in addition also:

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Microsoft shows Windows on ARM tablet designs
Nvidia's Tegra 3 quad-core among them
By Matt Hamblen
February 29, 2012 11:28 AM ET

Computerworld - BARCELONA -- Windows on ARM-based reference design touchscreen tablets made an appearance on stage here today at Microsoft's Windows 8 Consumer Preview event at Mobile World Congress.

Microsoft is working with Nvidia, Texas Instruments and Qualcomm for ARM System on a Chip (SOC) processors. The reference design tablets will be seeded to a select group of developers, Microsoft officials said.

The first of the reference design tablets was a Toshiba model with a 10-in. screen that runs on the Nvidia Tegra 3 chip, a quad-core processor. The Tegra 3's quad-core processors actually have five cores, with the fifth used as a kind of battery backup.

Other tablets shown run ARM designs, including the Qualcomm Snapdragon and a Texas Instruments processor, although Microsoft didn't offer any more details on those platforms. A fourth reference design tablet ran the Intel Clovertrail x86 processor.

Source: http://www.computerw...tablet_designs_


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Posted 01 March 2012 - 08:04 PM

Another addition worth to read:
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Nvidia expects to do well in Windows-on-ARM race
Small contender against TI and Qualcomm on WOA has quad-core Tegra 3 in tablets/smartphones
By Matt Hamblen
March 1, 2012 07:05 AM ET

http://www.computerw...ows_on_ARM_race