“Microsoft Corp., feeling pressure from hit products like Apple Inc.’s iPad, is crafting a new operating system that deviates from the software giant’s heavy reliance on chip technology pioneered by Intel Corp., according to people briefed on Microsoft’s plans,” Don Clark and Nick Wingfield.
“The company next month plans to demonstrate a new version of its widely used Windows operating system that targets low-power devices and adds support for chips based on designs from ARM Holdings PLC as well as the x86 chip technology offered by Intel and Advanced Micro Devices Inc., these people said,” Clark and Wingfield report. “Microsoft will discuss the software at the Consumer Electronics Show in early January, though it isn’t expected to be available for two years, they added.”
MacDailyNews Take: Pfft. Get back to us in two years then, you incessant vaporizers.
Clark and Wingfield report, “Microsoft has struggled to match its dominance in PC operating systems in markets such as smartphones and a new breed of consumer tablets that Apple has come to dominate since introducing the iPad last spring. Chips based on designs licensed by ARM consume less power than most x86 chips, helping to make them an overwhelming favorite in smartphones. Microsoft already sells versions of Windows for cellphones that support the technology, but has remained firmly committed to x86 chips in the mainstream version of the product used in PCs and server systems.”
MacDailyNews Note: Intel is shooting blanks. If investors are paying attention, expect INTC to take a hit.
Clark and Wingfield report, “the effort is part of a broader push at Microsoft to make Windows more “modular” so that pieces of the operating system that are unnecessary for smaller, low-power devices like tablets can be easily stripped away to make the software perform snappily on the gadgets. The strategy is similar to the one Apple has employed with iOS, the lightweight operating system for iPads, iPhones and other devices that is derived from Apple’s full-blown Mac operating system for traditional computers… It’s unclear how quickly Microsoft can deliver a new tablet-friendly version of Windows. The next major release of the operating system, Windows 8, isn’t expected until 2012 some time.
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MacDailyNews Take: Microsoft is perpetually late. They need to get faster copiers. Two years from now, Apple will have sold more iOS devices than there are people in the United States of America.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “jax44” for the heads up.]