A couple of other big challenges: Middleware, Virtualization, Server Management, KVM. It is a chicken and egg problem. I expect that Linux / Open Source will lead it and it will take a long time to get enough volume to interest Microsoft. Especially with Intel two years ahead with microserver product and now willing to customize Xeon.
ARM & Microsoft have stated a long time ago they are working on a 64-bit port of Windows. Once you've got the OS kernel working on 64-bit ARM, it becomes a relatively simple recompile as everything already works on 64-bit x86 CPUs (just like RT runs the traditional desktop without a glitch).
As for milestones ahead, I think the main one is TSMC 16FF as that's what many of the ARM server companies are aiming for. As for ARM being stressed, they have already been paid for their licenses (server chips, even if highly successful, will never add much to ARM's bottom line compared to the billions of $1 ARM chips). So with money in the bank, I can't see much stress there...
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.