Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Steven Sinofsky has said that software for x86 Windows 8 systems will not run on ARM architecture. The tech giant shall continue to preserve the x86 chip architecture from Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) and AMD (NYSE:AMD). Though this annoyed PC enthusiasts, Intel and AMD are not complaining: the move will give them a much-needed breather to counter the pressures from ARM (NASDAQ:ARMH) licenses with companies such as Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA), Texas Instruments (NYSE:TXN), and Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM).
But it was indeed a bolt from the blue for developers, as Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) as long promised that code from Windows 7 would seamlessly transfer to Windows 8. It was assumed, perhaps unfairly, that this would include ARM systems. But Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky put this firmly to rest at a conference with analysts Wednesday, saying that since Windows 7 never ran on ARM chips (NYSE:ARM), this announcement is not really a surprise.
“‘If we allow the world of x86 application support like that, or based on what we call desktop apps in our start yesterday, then there are real challenges in some of the value proposition for system on a chip (NYSE:SMH),’ he said. ‘You know, will battery life be as good, for example? Well, those applications aren’t written to be really great in the face of limited battery constraints, which is a value proposition of the Metro style apps,'” reported the UK Register.
Microsoft’s stock (NASDAQ:MSFT) is up 0.4% to $27.10 on the news. Shares are down 2.9% year to date. The stock has traded in a 52-week range between $23.65 and $29.46.
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