Saturday, May 21, 2011

Intel talks about Microsoft and Windows 8 gets angry

Intel said yesterday that four versions of Windows 8 would turn on ARM processor, but none of them will be compatible with existing x86 software park (see "Intel is Android 3.0 on x86, set the compatibility). It is very rare to see Intel do this kind of announcement, but reading between the lines, it is clear that the founder puts forward its processors.

Its chips will support the older programs, Microsoft will also include a mode 7 for Windows compatibility and prepares to compete with ARM CPU on the market for mobile devices. At this stage of development, the form of announcement is surprising. We do not expect revelations about Windows 8 Intel at a conference for its investors.

The bottom is very commonplace cons. Microsoft is known for multiple versions of its operating systems. The fact that there is four ARM is not surprising. During the presentation of Windows 8 in January, Steve Ballmer showed a version running on an ARM processor. He also made clear that the applications were recompiled for the occasion (see "Windows 8 will handle RMA").

It was clear that Microsoft did not include a translation system to run x86 applications on ARM processor, which is quite normal. Compared to a x86 desktop processor, an ARM architecture is not very powerful. It is hard to imagine turning the x86 versions of Microsoft Office or Photoshop on this kind of chip.

In addition to performance exorbitant that it would require a translation system instructions slow down a bit more things and make the system unstable. It is therefore very surprising to read the response that Microsoft sent to the site Business Insider. The statement said that about Intel is "erroneous," but we do not know what about the editor.

Is it the number of versions of Windows running on ARM? Will there a software layer that allows x86 processors to run on ARM? Microsoft abandons he mode Windows 7? One thing is sure, the vehemence of the release of Microsoft in sharp contrast with banalities uttered by Intel. It is likely that the problem does not come from Intel's comment, but the man in charge of Windows 8, Steven Sinofsky.

It would have kept a secret so absolute time where he led the development of Microsoft Office that even other departments of the publisher were lack of information. It would also dismissed two employees after the leak of Windows 8. Intel's remarks would make things worse. The publisher is expected to make an announcement with great fanfare during Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference to be held in September.

Windows 8 is not the official name of the successor of Windows 7. The press named him and to designate the next operating system from Microsoft, but the editor continues to speak only of "the next version of Windows."

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