Rumor has it that Windows 8 for ARM will become available to developers as soon as next month. At least, that's what the folks at CNet News say they've heard from a couple of different unnamed sources.
Reportedly, one source spent "some hands-on time with a high-profile device from a major PC maker" and noted that Windows 8 on ARM was "impressive and stable." Another source echoed that sentiment, adding that things were less rosy last October—the operating system purportedly "scared the industry because it was unstable" at the time. So, Microsoft may have come a long way since then.
Other notable tidbits from the CNet News story: Windows 8 might see a simultaneous release on ARM and x86 architectures (although nothing is certain yet), and some ARM-based Windows 8 tablets will be considerably cheaper than their x86 cousins.
That's all good to know. Windows 8 on ARM got a whole lot less appealing last year when Microsoft said it wouldn't be able to run "legacy" x86 apps. If ARM-powered Win8 tablets can deliver a fast, stable, and affordable Metro experience, though, I could see their appeal next to the cornucopia of Android slates on the market.
|Here are the winners of our Macrium Data Disasters contest||11|
|PC Perspective pokes and prods the Radeon Pro Duo||44|
|Microsoft finalizes closing of Lionhead Studios||15|
|AMD completes spin-off of its assembly and test operations||21|
|Deals of the week: Asus' MG278Q display for $400 and more||23|
|Phanteks wraps its Enthoo Evolv ATX case in sheets of glass||15|
|AOC Agon AG271QX is the first in a new line of gaming displays||27|
|We take a seat on Turris' VR Chair||24|
|HP's Chromebook 13 is dressed for success at $499||27|
|LOVE THIS ARTICLE. MORE OF THIS PLEASE.||+40|