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Notebooks, tablets, and winning with Windows 8

Notebook PCs and media tablets are clearly different beasts, and today, research companies such as Gartner and IDC count them separately. This is easy because the vast majority of notebook PCs run Microsoft Windows on Intel processors, while the vast majority of tablets run Apple's IOS on ARM chips.

October 7, 2011 by

Qualcomm, TI, Nvidia offer new ARM chips for Windows 8

Texas Instruments and Qualcomm, two of the biggest suppliers of ARM-based processors in the smartphone market, have announced chips intended to run Microsoft Windows 8. Their arrival (probably) next year will help answer a number of interesting questions about the relative power, performance, and price of Intel and ARM chips, and the efficiency of modern versions of Windows compared with the Linux-based Google Android operating system.

June 3, 2011 by

Windows for ARM? Maybe, but not in 2011

The Bloomberg news service has suggested that Microsoft will announce a version of Windows for ARM chips at CES 2011 in January. Its sources are people "who asked not to be identified because Microsoft’s plans are confidential.

December 22, 2010 by

Will ARM netbooks be competitive?

Rumors of netbooks using smartphone components rather than Intel chips and Microsoft Windows are nothing new. But we're finally getting a good idea of just what a PC based on an ARM processor and Linux will look like.

April 27, 2009 by

What is Microsoft SiArch (and why did they hire a Sun chip guy)?

What's a SiArch and who's on it? Those are just a couple of the questions spurred by this week's revelation that one of the key developers of Sun's SPARC architecture, Marc Tremblay, has joined Microsoft as a Distinguished Engineer. Tremblay will work on the SiArch (Strategic Software/Silicon Architectures) team at Microsoft.

April 8, 2009 by

Microsoft is not alone in chip woes

It can seem hard to believe that a company with all the resources of Microsoft can make make a billion-dollar mistake with a small chip-design fault. Yet chip design is not an exact science and Rupert Goodwins, who has been there himself, details how it can go horribly wrong

June 16, 2008 by

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