So, Finally the big news is officially out: The next version of Windows operating system (probably Windows 8) will have the support for ARM-based devices. Today, at CES 2011, Microsoft has announced that the next version of Windows Operating System will support the System on Chip (SoC), including the ARM based system from partner NVIDIA corp, Qualcomm Inc and Texas Instruments.
The current versions of Windows are capable of x86 architecture utilized by Intel and AMD’s processors. At today’s announcement, Microsoft demonstrated the next version of Windows running on new SoC platforms from Intel running on x86 architecture and from NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments on ARM architecture.
The upcoming version of Windows is separate from the Windows Phone 7 OS, which already powers mobile phones utilizing the ARM architecture. Unfortunately, company has denied any possibility of releasing the support of ARM and SoC to current Windows 7 OS.
“With today’s announcement, we’re showing the flexibility and resiliency of Windows through the power of software and a commitment to world-class engineering. We continue to evolve Windows to deliver the functionality customers demand across the widest variety of hardware platforms and form factors,” said Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live Division at Microsoft.
At the same time Company has emphasized that Intel and AMD will continue to evolve and improve the x86 platforms, including new low-power systems, and advance new designs such as the recently announced 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ processor family and AMD’s Fusion accelerated processing units (APUs).