Qualcomm president: Windows 8 is "pretty exciting"

Qualcomm is currently the only company that provides the processors for the smartphones that run Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 operating system. But it looks like Qualcomm is looking to expand that relationship to Windows 8 as well. Forbes reports that in a new interview, Qualcomm's president Steve Mollenkopf said today that in terms of what Windows 8 offers, "It will be pretty exciting, These types of opportunities where the ecosystem and market changes in a big way don’t come along very often."

Currently, smartphones with Windows Phone 7 all have the Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm running things inside. Mollenkopf admitted that the "market acceptance" of Windows Phone 7 devices is not where it should be. However, he was confident that the marketplace will start accepting Windows Phone 7, saying, "It’s hard to bet against Microsoft, given all the assets they have."

Qualcomm is already working with Microsoft to develop processors that will run Windows 8. Microsoft announced earlier this year that Windows 8 could run on ARM-designed processors such as the ones made by Qualcomm. Mollenkopf said that the first processor that would run Windows 8 from his company will be the dual core MSM 8960 chipset which is due for release sometime in early 2012.

He also confirmed that a "Snapdragon ecosystem team" is working to create Windows 8 applications that will run on Qualcomm chips. Mollenkopf said, "We’re investing very heavily to really prepare for [Windows 8]."

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Personally, I think Microsoft are going about tablets the right way by hybridising PCs and tablets. I love the idea of walking around with the screen as a tablet and then coming home and docking it into a dock that has a keyboard and mouse connected to it. What's so much better about Windows 8 is that it's not a phone on a bigger screen; it's an OS taking advantage of the screen size that it's always been made for.

If it all works out and Windows 8 ARM based tablets hit the market running then not only qualcomm but other ARM SoC makers will be very happy. Lets face it, anything other than the iPad hasn't sold regardless of what the "shipped" numbers tossed out by an OEM are, majority are out there collecting dust on some retail storage outlet etc.

GP007 said,
If it all works out and Windows 8 ARM based tablets hit the market running then not only qualcomm but other ARM SoC makers will be very happy. Lets face it, anything other than the iPad hasn't sold regardless of what the "shipped" numbers tossed out by an OEM are, majority are out there collecting dust on some retail storage outlet etc.

I doubt it'll hurt the iPad - the biggest casualty will be Android on the phone and tablet as people will demand something more than the half baked crap that is available on Android. Ask yourself, do you want an Android tablet with crappy software or a sexy Windows 8 tablet running Microsoft Office? I sure as heck know what I'd prefer!

Jdawg683 said,
why is Windows 8 so exciting, exactly?

Did you watch the BUILD keynote by Steven Sinofsky? And othe BUILD videos demonstrating Windows 8's revolutionary features?