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Next version of Windows to run on ARM

Microsoft has demonstrated the next version of Windows running on ARM-based systems

Next version of Windows to run on ARM
Steven Sinofsky (l) showing the next version of Windows running on SoC architectures at CES 2011.

Microsoft's next version of Windows will support system-on-a-chip (SoC) architectures, including ARM-based systems, the company has revealed.

In a presentation at the CES event, Microsoft committed to putting the next, as of yet unnamed, version of Windows onto SoC from companes including NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Texas Instrumentsm, alongside support for low power x86 architectures from Intel and AMD.

As part of the presentation, Microsoft demonstrated the new version of Windows running on new SoC platforms from Intel running on x86 architecture and from NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments on ARM architecture, showing computing functions including hardware-accelerated graphics and media playback, hardware-accelerated Web browsing with the latest Microsoft Internet Explorer, USB device support and printing. Microsoft also demonstrated Microsoft Office running natively on ARM.

Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live Division at Microsoft said: We are making this announcement now to allow greater collaboration across our expanded partner ecosystem so we can bring to market the widest possible set of PCs and devices, from tablets on up, with the next generation of Windows.

"We've reached a point in technology where everyone really does want everything from their computing experience - the power and breadth of software for today's laptop, the long battery life and always-on promise of a mobile phone, and the possibilities from a new generation of tablets. Bringing these capabilities together to meet customer demand requires innovation in hardware as well as a flexible, evolving software platform to bring it to life," he added.

Warren East CEO of ARM commented: "We are excited by today's announcement, which marks a significant milestone for ARM and the ARM Partnership, and we look forward to working with Microsoft on the next generation of Windows. Windows combined with the scalability of the low-power ARM architecture, the market expertise of ARM silicon partners and the extensive SoC talent within the broad ARM ecosystem will enable innovative platforms to realize the future of computing, ultimately creating new market opportunities and delivering compelling products to consumers."

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