The announcement at CES 2011 that Microsoft would deliver a full version of Windows 8 for the ARM architecture is one of the most defining moments in CES 2011, one which could change the dynamics of the technology market forever by offering a credible alternative to x86.
Microsoft became a licensee of ARM back in July 2010, only a few months after Intel joined forces with Nokia to launch its own operating system, Meego.
Back then, we asked what Microsoft would make of it as Intel, its closest partner, seeks to break the status quo and we now have the answer.
As of now, Microsoft has the upper hand on Intel when it comes to developing a fully homogeneous ecosystem; after all, would you rather get the full Windows experience on an ARM processor or use Linux on an Intel CPU?
It also paves the way for Microsoft to design its own chip and follow the footsteps of Apple who did the same with the Apple A4 processor.
Doing so would allow Microsoft to finetune the processor for Windows, making it even faster and reducing time to market.
This we believe, will be done as early as 2014 when the Cortex A15 is launched, making Microsoft a fully-fledged competitor to Intel in everything from smartphones to servers.
The Cortex A15 can be configured in configurations comprising up to 16 cores with clock speeds of up to 2.5GHz and will provide with enough oomph to power more energy efficient devices.
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