Windows 8 ARM to include Office 15 apps

Windows 8 on ARM-based processors has been the subject of much speculation but today Microsoft used its official Windows 8 blog site to announce that the ARM port of Windows 8 is still planned to be released at the same time as the x86 version of the PC operating system.

The biggest announcement today as far as Windows on ARM (WOA) is concerned is that the next version of Microsoft Office will be included in all Windows 8 ARM ports. The blog post states:

WOA includes desktop versions of the new Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. These new Office applications, codenamed “Office 15”, have been significantly architected for both touch and minimized power/resource consumption, while also being fully-featured for consumers and providing complete document compatibility. WOA supports the Windows desktop experience including File Explorer, Internet Explorer 10 for the desktop, and most other intrinsic Windows desktop features—which have been significantly architected for both touch and minimized power/resource consumption.

Microsoft has also confirmed that Window 8 on ARM will not be sold as a separate software product. Instead it will simply be installed on all new Windows 8-based ARM hardware devices. Microsoft won't release the ARM port as part of its Consumer Preview launch later in February but it did say it will sent out a "limited number of test PCs ... to developers and hardware partners in a closed, invitation-only program" at some point in the future.

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If you read the post carefully, you'll realize they're not calling it Windows 8 on ARM.. it's simply Windows on ARM. A new Windows in the Windows family. Windows 8 is the x86 OS.

I noticed something in the window. The desktop UI has no Glass. I know that maybe to save resources.

And the new ribbon in Office looks alot cleaner. I hope it gets ported to Windows Explorer.

This is great news, glad to hear its on track and will even come bundled.

I have high hopes that these arm based tablets will be the windows tablets we've been waiting for, just need that all day battery life that the arm processor should be able to deliver and im there!

One thing I've been wondering is whether people will say this is anti-competitive, somehow. That said, the Office team will probably be working on a Metro-style Office app, as well, so it's only a matter of time...

I think the "walled garden" concept has gotten so successful with both Apple and Google in the game of shipping full suites of OS/productivity stuff with their systems that no one will bat an eyelash if Microsoft does it now.

Europe in particular has been busy duking it out with Google and Apple so anything Microsoft does right now to compete with them will probably be overlooked.

Windows 8 on ARM. At the latest blog post, there is a picture showing a previous windows mobile generation running a fully functional Desktop NT6.2 OS while from the 256MB of RAM the 90MB are free!!! If that is telling us anything about Windows Phone 8!

I just saw the video in the new Blog at B8 which shows desktop running on ARM. The Office ran pretty fast. But desktop itself was kinda slow. I dont know what kind of HDD are those ARM devices running but i assume SSDs so the loading of files shouldve been faster. I guess the ARM version is behind in optimizations right now.

Also apps took a little too long to load. Not that long actually. But i expected them to be faster. Or maybe the splash screen has a timeout thing so the app can load in the background.

Zain Adeel said,
I just saw the video in the new Blog at B8 which shows desktop running on ARM. The Office ran pretty fast. But desktop itself was kinda slow. I dont know what kind of HDD are those ARM devices running but i assume SSDs so the loading of files shouldve been faster. I guess the ARM version is behind in optimizations right now.

Also apps took a little too long to load. Not that long actually. But i expected them to be faster. Or maybe the splash screen has a timeout thing so the app can load in the background.


Maybe it was a VM?

Yes their control of the PC market is not as bad as it was in the 90's but in relation to Office Apps they definitively have monopoly.

Wouldn't this move turn heads of the Anti-trust departments?

Even Apple, and Google don't do this.

FMH said,
Wouldn't this move turn heads of the Anti-trust departments?

Even Apple, and Google don't do this.

Don't Apple include the iLife suite with Macs?

FMH said,
Wouldn't this move turn heads of the Anti-trust departments?

Even Apple, and Google don't do this.

MS doesn't have a monopoly on ARM based devices, and I think that the office apps are probably part of a specific Win8 ARM licensing deal that the OEMs can get or just get the OS itself as another option.

FMH said,
Wouldn't this move turn heads of the Anti-trust departments?

Even Apple, and Google don't do this.

Monopolies are defines by markets of which "tablets" is ill-defined. Also, the proper definition of anti-trust action requires abusing a monopoly position to the detriment of your competitors, and not just taking advantage of it. you have to show actual harm towards others. Since plenty of iPads have been and will continue to be sold, I find it hard for there to be any anti-trust implications.

Plus, if OEMs don't like Microsoft's terms, Android is always there for them with lots of support from Google. There is little parallel compared to the 90s.

dagamer34 said,

Monopolies are defines by markets of which "tablets" is ill-defined. Also, the proper definition of anti-trust action requires abusing a monopoly position to the detriment of your competitors, and not just taking advantage of it. you have to show actual harm towards others. Since plenty of iPads have been and will continue to be sold, I find it hard for there to be any anti-trust implications.

Plus, if OEMs don't like Microsoft's terms, Android is always there for them with lots of support from Google. There is little parallel compared to the 90s.

When Apple was Taking a 30% cut from the Newspaper companies, in it's App Newstand. Those people complained, and before things with Anti-trust could go too far, Apple changed its policy.

majortom1981 said,
Hmm couldnt this get them in trouble?
While they still hold the majority of the market I don't think it's as bad as it was in the 90s, so they might be ok

majortom1981 said,
Hmm couldnt this get them in trouble?

I'd say it depends on if they are full featured or not. If these are simplified, stripped down copies I would say no, but if these are the full blown deal, I would say yes

Probably not, since they in no way have a monopoly on the market, nor are they abusing their power by saying OEM's cannot install other office software along side Office.

majortom1981 said,
Hmm couldnt this get them in trouble?

Still not for a while. As I doubt by the time it's out, there will be any full fledged competitors that have been recompiled for ARM.

majortom1981 said,
Hmm couldnt this get them in trouble?
No. Office 2010 is also included on practically all Windows PC's. Its just a limited version unless you pay for the full product.

However, Windows Phone also comes with Office preloaded free when you use to have to buy it.

It is likely Office will be replacing apps like wordPad or maybe NotePad. Word is Microsoft;s official word processor. Using it to replace WordPad or NotePad isn't bad.

But we will see who complains first...likely Europe.

TechieXP said,

However, Windows Phone also comes with Office preloaded free when you use to have to buy it.

This is incorrect. Windows Phone DOES include a limited edition of Office, but you don't "buy" it or activate it or anything of that sort, it is part of having a WP7, built into the cost