Microsoft: 'We need the flexibility of ARM'

Tami Reller, speaking at the JP Morgan Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, stated that customer satisfaction with the Surface with both RT and Pro is meeting expectations. In addition, the software for the RT has been greatly improved since the fall release which has helped to improve the perception of the platform.

Speaking specifically about Microsoft and ARM related devices, Tami Reller was adamant on Microsoft's needs to maintain the flexibility of having ARM devices along side your more traditional x86 and x64 platforms. It's clear that even with Intel's new low-power devices hitting the market soon, ARM will certainly be challenged in the areas it has traditional done well. But, Microsoft is committed to the platform, based on Reller's statements, so it would seem that Windows RT is here for the long-haul and that the company has no plans to abandon the platform at this time.

For the consumer, having both options on the market should help to keep prices competitive. Although, Microsoft must do a better job moving forward to make it clear the differences between the RT and x86/x64 platforms to avoid brand confusion.

The idea of keeping ARM supported for the foreseeable future will certainly be good news for those who have purchased a Surface RT as it assures them that there device will be supported for the lifecycle of the device with new updates that should be on par with Windows 8.

Source: JP Morgan Technology, Media and Telecom Conference

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"Tami Reller, speaking at the JP Morgan Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, stated that customer satisfaction with the Surface with both RT and Pro is meeting expectations"

I wonder how many people purchased Surface RT just for realize that it is not a "proper" windows and is unable to run "x" software.

win rt is a half baked shiny turd! No active directory support, tons of things in microsoft office that don't work and countless other problems. There's no way that developers are going to create arm versions of their software when hardly any win rt devices have been sold. If win rt was identical to win8 and had the ability to run x86 applications then it would probably sell well but it doesn't!

torrentthief - you are thinking like an enterprise or corporate client that wants an alternative to Intel/AMD in that environment. The very reason you won't get one is that very binary compatibility you demand. Android can run on x86 - however, it doesn't even have real cross-hardware compatibility for most apps; all too many developers target a single Android platform, or (worse) a single Android device - I don't find that forgivable at all. If you want x86 binary compatibility, you want x86 hardware. That means for the vast majority of businesses) Windows.

torrentthief said,
win rt is a half baked shiny turd! No active directory support, tons of things in microsoft office that don't work and countless other problems. There's no way that developers are going to create arm versions of their software when hardly any win rt devices have been sold. If win rt was identical to win8 and had the ability to run x86 applications then it would probably sell well but it doesn't!

Developers cannot write desktop applications official for Windows RT anyhow. If they make the app that uses modern UI correctly, it will run on x86 or RT hardware anyhow. WinRT is a cross platform architecture so if you code for WinRT, the app is for multiple architectures. As far as domain join support, I guess that might be nice, except aside from possibly Outlook being added in the future, it doesn't do much except maybe access file shares for Office or PDF documents. Businesses will go for the x86 route and if Intel can deliver cost effective, power effective chips for tablets, Win8 Pro on an Intel tablet becomes even more attractive for a business that isn't looking to spend the money or more on something like a Surface Pro or other high powered tablet or convertible.

"There's no way that developers are going to create arm versions of their software when hardly any win rt devices have been sold."

Ahahahahaha! When a developer creates an app for Windows Store it automatically compiles a version for ARM (RT). Support for Windows RT from devs has nothing to do with devices sold.

And keeps them scared enough to make Atom a competitive mobile platform. Bay Trail sounds like a phenomenal improvement with a 22nm out of order processor and ultrabook quality GPU.

Nah, a Surface + active digitizer + Intel Baytrail SoC would be perfect, as it's x86 so can run Win 8.

Bay Trail will be faster than current ARM SoC's yet offer the same or better power consumption/battery life. Intel already have Clover Trail SoC's that match ARM on power consumption, but their performance isn't any better than ARM. Bay Trail will change that. I know MS need to support RT but Baytrail would be a better option.

Driver support makes that doubtful, but maybe. MS has to really apply pressure to outside companies to make that happen. Would be nice if we even got Atom tablets with active digitizers.

W32.Backdoor.KillAV.E said,
Nah, a Surface + active digitizer + Intel Baytrail SoC would be perfect, as it's x86 so can run Win 8.

Bay Trail will be faster than current ARM SoC's yet offer the same or better power consumption/battery life. Intel already have Clover Trail SoC's that match ARM on power consumption, but their performance isn't any better than ARM. Bay Trail will change that. I know MS need to support RT but Baytrail would be a better option.

If we can get a 3rd gen core i5 performance and a 8-10 hour battery life on a 1080p display, WINTEL WILL BE BACK BIG TIME.

Update: That would be the Haswell chips. My bad for not googling this before.

arm= still cheaper,so of course its still needed,especially if they are going to be getting into the low cost tablet business. even though intel has same or better power usage,and better performance,its still more expensive.

vcfan said,
arm= still cheaper,so of course its still needed,especially if they are going to be getting into the low cost tablet business. even though intel has same or better power usage,and better performance,its still more expensive.

You are right about cost, Intel's 50% profit margins will continue to cause headaches for OEMs wanting to put x86 chips in low-end devices.

Its amazing how nobody ever sees the big picture. Eventually Windows Phone OS will be replaced by Windows RT and when it does there will be hundreds of thousands of apps on day one because people have been developing for Windows 8/RT all along.

Windows RT is Microsoft's Trojan horse to take over the mobile phone market. If they killed Windows RT then there would be no dominant app platform to transition their phone users to. They already have 70,000 apps for WinRT. The store is growing more than twice as fast as Windows Phone store. In fact it's growing faster than iOS which is the real key to eventual dominance.

Avatar Roku said,
Its amazing how nobody ever sees the big picture. Eventually Windows Phone OS will be replaced by Windows RT and when it does there will be hundreds of thousands of apps on day one because people have been developing for Windows 8/RT all along.

exactly... why do you think it was so important to have two apps running side by side.. so people would develop the apps that are vertical to perfectly fit a smartphone screen..