Breaking News: Atom Runs Over ARM

December 9, 2013

By Doug Miller

There was a time when an ARM version of Windows made sense. Only a few years ago, Apple iPad’s and Android-based tablets were creating a whole new category in computing and Microsoft was left trying to figure out how to play in that space with processors that were built for laptops and desktops. The result wasn’t pretty. So building a tablet-oriented version of Windows that ran on ARM made a lot of sense – get better power management, get great performance in a small foot print and do it on a lower cost platform. But this wasn’t just a wake-up call for Microsoft – Intel took notice as well. In the end, Windows RT was a great sacrificial lamb to shake up things inside Microsoft and Intel. But now it is no longer necessary and here’s why.
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