Sources: Windows 8 Stable on ARM, Going to Developers Soon

Wednesday Feb 1st 2012 by Datamation.com Staff
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Windows 8 ARM devices will likely be less expensive than Intel devices, but they won't be able to run legacy apps.

Cnet: Unnamed sources say that Microsoft now has a version of Windows 8 that is stable when running on ARM-based devices and that a developer preview of the technology should become available very soon. "We haven't heard this directly from Microsoft, but we've heard this from the hardware partners that [Microsoft] is working with. We've been promised something in the February time frame," said one source.

Observers note that ARM-based devices running Windows 8 are likely to be much less expensive than similar devices with Intel chips. Such devices could take a bite out of anticipated ultrabook sales. However, ARM-based Windows 8 devices will not be capable of running legacy Windows apps--only new apps designed for the Metro interface. That could hinder enterprise adoption.

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