At CES, Microsoft demonstrated the “next version of Windows” running on new SoC platforms from Intel running on x86 architecture and from NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments on ARM architecture. The technology demo included Windows 8 client support across a range of scenarios, such as hardware-accelerated graphics and media playback, hardware-accelerated Web browsing with latest Internet Explorer, USB device support, printing and other features customers have come to expect from their computing experience.
Microsoft Office running natively on ARM also was shown as a demo of the full depth and breadth of Windows platform capabilities on ARM architecture.
Windows will continue its industry-leading support across the widest possible set of devices, delivering the breadth and choice that customers demand. Intel and AMD continue to evolve and improve the x86 platforms, including new low-power systems, and advance new designs such as the recently announced 2nd Generation Intel Core processor family and AMD’s Fusion accelerated processing units (APUs).
NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments are joining Microsoft to provide ARM-based designs for the first time.