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agk   1/15/2012 6:43:36 AM
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Now people are more sensitive and especially youngsters are so particular that their phones to be more and more faster with more features. So if Intel can do a fine tuning and speed up noticeably they will have a opening into this segment also.further improve the same they can stand ,supply forever.

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Yog-Sothoth   1/15/2012 6:44:35 PM
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Windows on ARM may be less than successful not through lack of compatibility but through the sheer fact that Windows is irrelevant in the modern world. I can browse the web on a phone, a tablet, a laptop, a PC, a TV - who cares what OS they are running or what CPU they use? I don't. These ancient analysts seem very out of touch.

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sharps_eng   1/15/2012 10:33:08 PM
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There is room for a lot of companies in the smartphone market, global revenue is truly immense. There is a lot of primitive, binary thinking around, all or nothing - won or lose. There is room for all.

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GroovyGeek   1/16/2012 3:20:18 AM
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"Gold’s skepticism arises from the lack of backwards software compatibility on the platform" Finally, an article on the EE Times that correctly points the singular importance of this fact. Itanium failed because of it, and so did a number of other CPU platforms. AMD x64 succeeded SOLELY because of it. Will anyone bother to re-compile the bazzilions of programs for IA32/x64 to the ARM version? I seriously doubt it.

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Peter Clarke   1/16/2012 10:23:07 AM
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@GroovyGeek I am not sure it is necessary to re-compile bazzilions of programs for Windows 8 on ARM to be a success. I understand that Microsoft recompiling the Office suite of applications for ARM. Perhaps that would be enough? If not what other applications would be neccessary and sufficient to allow WoA success?

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t.alex   1/16/2012 2:46:16 PM
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Will developers need to rewrite/recompile their software again for ARM? This is a big backward step.

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eembedded_janitor   1/18/2012 2:52:44 AM
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Possibly, but not absolutely necessary. It is possible to run x86 compiled software on an x86 emulator. However that would be a lot slower and require more power.

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t.alex   1/21/2012 7:28:13 AM
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That is a bad approach still.

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chanj0   1/16/2012 5:47:33 PM
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I cannot say how many applications consumers are looking for in a PC. I am happy if I have Microsoft Office, or equivalent. On the other hands, one of the main drivers in PC market is gaming. Consumers buy faster and better PC because of game. The effort game companies have to put in to build game for WoA would be another factor to affect the success of WoA, wouldn't it?

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Robotics Developer   1/16/2012 7:52:22 PM
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I had not seen anyone talk about the cost of Windows on ARM as of yet. Do we have any indication that WoA will be cheap or expensive? Given the price pressures and the low cost of ARM to begin with I would be curious how WoA will be positioned: low cost or not? If WoA lowers the cost of the platform AND (yes a big and) keep (or improve) the performance of the system then it will make some inroads.

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KB3001   1/16/2012 11:13:46 PM
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This backward compatibility story is a red herring IMO. Times have changed. Clients are thinner, connectivity/bandwidth is much higher, and SoA/WoA is the new paradigm.

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eembedded_janitor   1/18/2012 2:50:36 AM
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Surely that argument makes Windows completely irrelevant. Ifyou're running a thin client in a browser to web-based services then nobody really cares what the browser is, let alone the OS.

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KB3001   1/20/2012 10:59:23 PM
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Of course! it's just a matter of time...

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sharps_eng   1/16/2012 11:26:34 PM
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Office left x86 a long time ago. Later versions of Windows have had much cleaner APIs that have allowed or forced Office applications to get their act together and get properly abstracted. Already with Win2000, Office apps were communicating internally using sockets, and that process has continued. The port to Apple computers had a similar hygienic effect on code cleanliness, and so retargeting Office for alien technology is not the monster it once was.

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sharps_eng   1/16/2012 11:36:17 PM
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For those wondering what KB3001 is talking about, try http://hinchcliffe.org/archive/2008/02/27/16617.aspx for a pretty decent explanation.

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Neo10   1/17/2012 2:15:07 AM
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I don't think that for mobile devices backward compatibility is a life or death situation like it was for the PCs. For every piece of software out there there are 100 times that many software engineers and they need to have a job, so if Windows on ARM looks attractive there will be lot of man years available to make it a success. But others have said the pricing remains critical to give it that bump.

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Sanjib.A   1/17/2012 6:18:33 PM
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Few days back I saw the news about the Asus tab roadmap in this article: http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4234021/Asus-reveals-2012-tablet-roadmap I think in this article I saw that Asus is planning to run Windows on ARM which they are going to release in 2012. We will come to know how it performs soon :)

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daleste   1/18/2012 2:19:33 AM
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I would be surprised if the price of WoA is any different from the price of Widows today. They may have some promotions to get it started, but I would think that they would keep the prices at the same level to let the market decide the direction.

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eembedded_janitor   1/18/2012 2:47:10 AM
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"If I can open a browser in one second instead of three seconds, people will notice that." They will probably also notice that an Intel solution will need a bigger battery and/or give far shorter battery life.

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MarkFromNJ   1/18/2012 8:58:28 PM
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Maybe not. Another artice in this issue had a talking head from Intel who claimed their past preference for computing power over power efficiency was simply that, a choice. That makes sense given that, in the PC market, you could only sell your CPUs for $1000 each ("Extreme" version) if it was faster than everyone elses CPU. Now they just need to change the recipe and optimize for power consumption. Intel's foundries are at least one geometry node ahead of the ARM guys (ie TSMC). Each node increases efficiency considerably. So they ought to be able to make a better performing part at equal or even lower power.

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KB3001   1/20/2012 11:01:58 PM
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I am not sure it's just a matter of changing their recipe and optimize for power. It ain't that simple. To do this, they have to depart from their core x86 belief, which they do not seem to want to do.

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Arnold E   1/18/2012 3:58:21 AM
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"it will be interesting to see how well it runs,” said Gold, ...people would take note if Android ran better on the Atom platform than it currently runs on ARM, adding, “there is a chance that will happen.” What makes anyone believe that it will perform 'noticebly' better? Yes there is a 'chance' but more likely it won't be noticeable.

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xorbit   1/18/2012 7:57:23 PM
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Windows on ARM is irrelevant. The only thing that keeps Windows relevant these days is a legacy of x86 software. Lacking support for these legacy apps, Windows on ARM is pointless.

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MarkFromNJ   1/18/2012 9:08:32 PM
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I think Windows is, and for some time has been, irrelevant. It's only market advantage is the stable of software and that runs only on Intel. Vendors will not rewrite anything but the most profitable apps (Adobe, MS Office) for ARM because it costs too much and is more a rewrite than a recompile. Look how long it took vendors to support iA64 (64 bit Windows). That was a trivial change compared to Intel vs Arm.

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jeffreyrdiamond   1/20/2012 9:21:57 PM
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What about all the XP apps that failed to run in Vista and then Windows 7? Some people never left XP. Others bailed on Windows completely. But those who remained, those running Windows 7, about 1/3 the PC market, by self selection are not so attached to legacy code.

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selinz   1/20/2012 11:23:37 PM
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Time will tell. if worldwide windows phones reach even 10%, I think that'll be a major victory.. That's still a lot of phones.



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