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Windows 8 arm
A report of a new update of the current Windows 8 build numbers includes the first appearance of a build version number for Windows 8 ARM, otherwise known as Windows RT.
Texas Instruments has shown off a Windows RT-based tablet running on one of its processors, with the company claiming it will have Windows 8 tablets running on its chips for launch later this year.
Acer has said that it has no plans to release a WindowsRT-based product that isn't a tablet device, meaning that WindowsRT-based notebooks and desktops will be in short supply.
Intel said this week that over 20 tablets designed to run on Windows 8 are in the works that will run on processors made by Intel, which means Intel will be making a big push in the tablet market.
A new report claims that makers of tablets that will run Windows RT (also known as Windows 8 ARM) are having issues making the tablets at prices that are competitive with the iPad and Android tablets.
A new rumor claims that Windows RT-based products will be released from Asus, Lenovo, HP and Nokia, with NVIDIA expected to be the first to provide chips for Windows RT; no word on pricing yet.
The European Commission says that it will "remain vigilant" in making sure Microsoft complies with its 2009 agreement with the EU in terms of not blocking web browser competition.
Mozilla has continued to slam Microsoft for not allowing browsers like its own Firefox to run well on Windows RT (Windows 8 ARM) in the Classic mode, saying Microsoft is restricting use of its APIs.
Mozilla is not happy that Microsoft is keeping all other web browsers, except for Internet Explorer 10, from running on PCs and tablets with Windows 8 ARM (WindowsRT) while in Windows Classic mode.
A new report from NPD DisplaySearch predicts that tablets with Windows RT installed will grow slowly over the next five years, reaching up to 7.5 percent of the tablet market by 2017.
The latest entry in the Windows 8 blog talks about how Windows 8 enterprise customers can allow employees to use their own PCs for work purposes while still controlling their assets.
A report on Bloomberg via unnamed sources claims that Microsoft has an October 2012 release planned for Windows 8 but that only five Windows 8 ARM-based device will be ready for launch.
NVIDIA has announced it will work with Microsoft to provide its quad core Tegra 3 processor to help run a number of developer-based PCs for Windows 8 ARM testing.
Qualcomm has announced that it has teamed up with Microsoft to offer its Snapdragon processor on PCs that Microsoft is sending to developers to test Windows 8 with ARM-based chips.
A new rumor claims that HP is currently working to develop Windows 8-based tablets, two of which will have a x86-Intel chip inside and the other with an ARM-Qualcomm processor.
In an address at a technology conference this week, Microsoft CFO Peter Klein said that the launch of Windows 8 will be a key factor in the company's plans to reach out to multiple platforms.
Microsoft's massive blog post this week describing Windows 8 on ARM-based processors is by far the most information it has revealed about its plans for the other version of the operating system.
Windows 8 for ARM-based processors will come with a version of Microsoft Office 15 when it is made available on ARM-based hardware at the same time as the X86 version is released.
A discovery in Microsoft's Windows 8 hardware certification requirements may indicate that ARM-based Windows 8 devices may not be able to dual boot other operating systems like Linux.
Windows 8 for ARM-based processors can take its time in being released, according to the head of ARM. He also is very critical of Intel's new smartphone processors.