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News Windows 7 on ARM a possibility?

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by CardJoe, 5 May 2009.

  1. Shielder

    Shielder Live long & prosper!

    26 Jul 2007
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    Unfortunately, porting Win 7 to ARM won't be the show stopper, it is the applications that are important. Slapping an x86 execution layer on the top of the ARM chip sounds good in principle, but in practice I can see that this will slow things right down. Look at the Itanium and it's x86 execution layer, and that was hardware. How many processor cycles is converting the x86 instruction to ARM and back again going to take?

    Even with Linux the x86 and x86-64 instruction sets are different, requiring each package to be compiled for different processors.

    I can't see mobile devices coming with enough memory and graphics power to give the users the GUI experience that they will expect from Win 7. Certainly not in the timeframe before Win 8 at least.

    Sorry, but I think this just seems to be a red herring to me. Wishful thinking on the part of MS. After all, the license costs for the apps that you want to run will inflate the cost of the device.

    Rant over. Run Linux instead :)

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