The port of that other OS to ARM will not be a port. “8” will not run legacy apps. So, advantage Android which already is running rampant over ARM with a ton of apps of all kinds including some legacy apps.
Speaking of ARM as a competitor on “8”,
“On ARM, there’ll be the new experience, which is very specifically around the mobile experience, specifically around tablet and some limited clamshell, with no legacy OS,” she said. “Our competitors will not be running legacy applications. Not now. Not ever.”
It’s Phoney “7” all over again, folks. Will this monstrosity, “8”, even have cut-and-paste? Will anyone be afraid of it? Without legacy apps? I don’t think so…
Chuckle. I love it when a good plan comes together. Android/Linux will, apparently, in the absence of anything but Apple, rule the world of ARM. Intel’s confidence lies in its belief that the ability to run x86 legacy apps on x86 is going to make x86 perpetual. They continue to ignore the obvious fact that ARM processors use 1/4 the battery power of x86. That is not going away any time soon. Legacy anything on x86 will suck bigtime. New apps designed for ARM and Android/Linux will fly like butterflies. Eventually x86 will reach some acceptable level of power consumption but that is years away. Android/Linux is booming, creating a legacy of apps against which Wintel has no competitive answer. Wintel is due for huge shrinkage and it will spill from mobile to stationary computing just because it can.
M$ is denying some of Intel’s assertions but won’t say which:
“On Wednesday, Microsoft took issue with James’ comments â€“ but it declined to provide any clarification on what part or parts of her comments were problematic. “Intelâ€™s statements during yesterdayâ€™s Intel Investor Meeting about Microsoftâ€™s plans for the next version of Windows were factually inaccurate and unfortunately misleading,” the company said in a statement sent to The Register. “From the first demonstrations of Windows on SoC, we have been clear about our goals and have emphasized that we are at the technology demonstration stage. As such, we have no further details or information at this time.””
Isn’t that hilarious? It sounds like a lovers’ spat. Are they due for a divorce? I detect slippage in the platform.
Further, in trying to clarify things, M$ says,
“”There will be four Windows 8 SoCs [system-on-a-chip architectures] for ARM. Each one will run for that specific ARM environment, and they will run new applications or cloud-based applications.
“They are neither forward- nor backward-compatible between their own architecture â€“ different generations of a single vendor â€“ nor are they compatible across different vendors. Each one is a unique stack.””
Talk about fragmentation… chuckle… and still no sign of legacy apps.