Microsoft Denies Intel Claims of 4 Versions of Windows for ARM

Posted by at 2:29 pm on May 19, 2011

Microsoft has come back and disagreed with Intel’s claims during a Wednesday presentation that Microsoft would release four different versions of Windows 8 to make them suitable for different ARM processors. According to BusinessInsider, Intel senior VP Renee James went on to say the Windows ARM versions won’t run legacy Windows apps as they were designed to run on Intel’s x86 processors. Microsoft’s official response accused Intel of being “factually inaccurate” and “unfortunately misleading” regarding its plans for the next version of Windows.

The software giant was careful about revealing any actual information on the upcoming OS, however, simply stating that it is at the technology demonstration stage and has no further details to add regarding this. It’s also difficult to read from its statement whether Microsoft means all of James’ statement is inaccurate of just parts of it.

“There will be four Windows 8 SoCs for ARM. Each one will run for that specific ARM environment, and they will run new applications or cloud-based applications,” James said at the Intel Investor Meeting on Wednesday. “They are neither forward- nor backward-compatible between their own architecture — different generations of a single vendor — nor are they compatible across different vendors. Each one is a unique stack.”

More information regarding Windows 8 and its compatibility with hardware other than Intel’s is expected to come at its own developer conference in September.

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