ARM is arguably one of the most important behind-the-scenes companies in the tablet market. The company's processor architecture helps power most tablets on the market. Now that Windows 8 will support ARM, tablet vendors will likely jump at the chance to bring Microsoft's console to the market. And along the way, it'll help Microsoft earn a much-needed foothold in that space.
Microsoft finally unveiled some details on Windows 8, the follow-up operating system to the company's current, wildly popular Windows 7. Windows 8 will feature a vastly improved design, some new features, and several other improvements that might just make the software an even more-appealing product than its predecessor.
Whether or not it will help Microsoft succeed in the tablet space, however, remains to be seen. After all, the software giant currently has little or no presence in the tablet market. And speculation abounds that the company's tablet push won't come until Windows 8 is finally available. That belief is due mainly to Microsoft announcing that the next version of the operating system will be capable of running on architecture from ARM, a major player in the mobile-computing space.
Though some Microsoft detractors won't want to admit it, ARM's help, along with some of the improvements Microsoft has made to Windows 8 might just make it a winner in the tablet space. Here's why.
This article was originally published on 2011-06-07
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
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