LAS VEGAS: Microsoft has announced that the next version of Windows will include full support for system-on-a-chip (SoC) architectures built by manufacturers like ARM and Texas Instruments.
The new version of Windows, which is expected next year, will support the standard X86 processors but will also be usable on Nvidia, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments hardware running ARM architecture.
"With today's announcement, we're showing the flexibility and resiliency of Windows through the power of software and a commitment to world-class engineering," said Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live Division at Microsoft.
"We continue to evolve Windows to deliver the functionality customers demand across the widest variety of hardware platforms and form factors."
The surprise move reflects the growing popularity of the ARM platform. Once primarily the architecture for embedded systems and mobile phones, ARM chips are increasingly being used in tablets, PCs and even servers.
"We are excited by today's announcement, which marks a significant milestone for ARM and the ARM Partnership, and we look forward to working with Microsoft on the next generation of Windows," said Warren East, chief executive of ARM.
"Windows, combined with the scalability of the low-power ARM architecture, the market expertise of ARM silicon partners and the extensive SoC talent within the broad ARM ecosystem, will enable innovative platforms to realise the future of computing, ultimately creating new market opportunities and delivering compelling products to consumers."
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