Microsoft (MSFT) douses the hopes of PC enthusiasts by declaring software written for the x86...

Microsoft (MSFT) douses the hopes of PC enthusiasts by declaring software written for the x86 chip architecture used by Intel (INTC) and AMD won't run on Windows 8 systems featuring ARM-based (ARMH) processors. At the least, this should give Intel and AMD some time to counter the threat posed by ARM licensees such as TXN, QCOM, and NVDA.

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  • User 509088
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    windows 8 extends to computers, right? so legacy apps won't run on the new machines.


    so upgrading in the windoze ecosystem just got way expensive, whatever aid it lends to intel and amd.


    back in the day, apple crashed when power pc forced people to do a total refresh. so many mac types just went to the cheaper solution.


    popular apps will have to be ported, rewritten, to run. ports usually are glitchy.


    added expense, reliability of apps, a lot in the air with apple improving machine sales.


    a perilous time for msft.
    16 Sep 2011, 09:29 AM Reply Like
  • Eric Jhonsa
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    Windows 8 will still support x86 CPUs, and those should run legacy apps fine. It's just the ARM-based products that apparently won't support older apps.
    16 Sep 2011, 09:35 AM Reply Like
  • Derek A. Barrett
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    Great, I hate these "off" branches. Windows 8 ARM is going to be the next Windows NT for DEC Alpha - a pain in the azz to support outside of the mobile space.


    Please people don't buy ARM desktops and servers you will just be giving yourselves big headaches long term anyway.
    17 Sep 2011, 03:52 AM Reply Like
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