3/20/2012 5:17:12 PM

Windows armed and ready

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Windows 8 can be recognized as an upgrade for the current Windows PC users, but it can also signal the advent of the PC in all shapes and sizes.

After all, Windows 8 runs on similar hardware with predecessors, and will be a fairly easy upgrade. Metro interface is the only radical change, and it is optional.

But Microsoft has released a completely new operating system with Windows 8, which can radically change Windows computing forever. It is also known as Windows but its full name is WOA: Windows On ARM.

ARM processor has just taken over the mobile world, and is found in most tablets and smartphones. These product categories are growing while desktop PC sales decline.

Windows 8 is designed for use on desktops and laptops, and on mobile devices. WOA reflects Microsoft's ambition to fill the gap between laptops and smartphones with new types of personal computers - lightweight systems with long battery life.

WOA uses Windows 8’s code base and will replicate many familiar Windows design features, such as the desktop interface. On the other hand, WOA is a unique design. For example, it would require devices using it run a system-on-a-chip.

Any type of device that runs on ARM processors, from the smallest smartphone to the smart fridge and TV, will be able to run Windows. And pretty much devices will do so based on the popularity of Windows with most of the world's computer users. For example, we know Microsoft has been working with tablet manufacturers of Windows devices based on ARM; we have right expect more products.

However, the device manufacturer is limited by many things other than their imagination. Microsoft has finalized hardware specifications of the WOA devices, which will extend to things like the number and type of ports that they support.

This seems like a strange decision of the Microsoft if it wants to promote diversity: the finalization of netbook’s hardware specifications has somewhat killed that type of device (and Windows XP, which was the idea of Microsoft).

while the Apple App Store has rapidly grown. When the Android Market is also developed, one thing becomes clarified: if you want to sell more hardware, you need a strong software ecosystem. And if you want to sell software, you need to sell more hardware compatibility.

It is a dilemma, but starting from a championship position, Microsoft has been the dominant player in the world of consumer and business PC. It also has a lot of money to attract hardware and software manufacturers to stick with Windows. And it has Office - productivity increasing toolkit used by most businesses worldwide, and is packed with WOA.

WOA is a deliberate message: Microsoft wants to be part of a multi-device world that Google and Apple are dominating. That's good news if you want to use Windows.

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