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Microsoft plans Windows 8 ARM presentation at Mobile World Congress

Microsoft plans Windows 8 ARM presentation at Mobile World Congress

Perhaps the biggest addition out of the many new features in Windows 8 is its new ARM-based flavor, which Microsoft is calling Windows 8 WOA. They don't want anyone to forget it, either: they've planned a showcase event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where the tech world is currently checking out the latest and greatest in smartphones and tablets... running on ARM. The press conference is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon local time, putting it between 6AM (PST) and 9AM (EST) in the United States.

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Windows 8 ARM version may still include a desktop mode

Windows 8 ARM version may still include a desktop mode

Excitement over the news that Windows 8 will be coming in an ARM-powered version for tablets and other low-power devices has been somewhat tempered by the idea that it will be hobbled, restricted to the pretty yet less powerful Metro user interface. Today Microsoft laid those fears to rest somewhat, implying via its MSDN blog that both the X86/x64 and ARM versions would get the old-school desktop mode, familiar to any heavy Windows user. That's great news for anyone who wants a full computing environment in a small package, not the mobile-style interface of the iPad and Android tablets.

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Windows 8 ARM tablet apps Metro-only tips insider

Windows 8 ARM tablet apps Metro-only tips insider

Microsoft is considering dropping support for regular software on Windows 8 on ARM tablets, according to the latest leaks, leaving owners of the slates with only Metro-style apps to play with. Contrary to original suggestions from Microsoft, that developers - although having to rewrite their x86 software to suit ARM chipsets - would be able to release regular, desktop versions of their apps for Windows 8 tablets, that decision now looks like it will be reversed, ZDNet reports. It's suggested the turnaround could be part of Microsoft's strategy to better challenge Apple's iPad with consumer-centric devices.

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Windows 8 ARM notebooks and tablets tipped for mid-2013 debut

Windows 8 ARM notebooks and tablets tipped for mid-2013 debut

Notebooks running Windows 8 on ARM processors rather than Intel or AMD x86 chips aren't expected to hit the market until June 2013, insider sources have suggested, indicating Microsoft's Windows on ARM project will lag considerably behind the mainstream build. The platform itself is tipped to go public at the end of 2012, DigiTimes' sources tell them, but with the first hardware not scheduled until midway through the following year, broad adoption isn't seen until 2014 at the earliest.

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Microsoft’s vision: Win8 tablets and Windows Phone 8 in tapping harmony

Microsoft’s vision: Win8 tablets and Windows Phone 8 in tapping harmony

Microsoft is pushing its ecosystem hard today at the Windows Phone Summit, stressing just how much  Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 will work together in NFC-enabled harmony. As well as being based on the same underlying core, the two platforms are intended to hook up more readily than previous iterations could. Microsoft's concept demo took Windows Phone to a restaurant, with everything from ordering through to payment done with Windows hardware.

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Windows 8 Dolby integration set for ARM and x86

Windows 8 Dolby integration set for ARM and x86

The audio company Dolby Laboratories have announced with Microsoft that their own software and technology will be included in Windows 8's final release for tablets and PCs. This news has sent the Dolby stock skyrocketing as the public has suddenly become extremely confident in the future of the company as a whole. The company has spoken that they'll be doing multiple things with Windows 8 including working with home videos which, as they say "will work great on Windows 8 right out of the box." Dolby Digital Plus enhancements inside Windows 8 software will be included in all ARM and x86 processor-aimed builds according to an interview the VP of Dolby took earlier today.

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Windows 8 Business guide details ARM limits and more

Windows 8 Business guide details ARM limits and more

Microsoft is officially revealing its Windows 8 Consumer Preview in just a few hours time, but the company has already spilled some business-centric details including news that ARM-powered PCs will lack enterprise management functionality. Detailed in the Windows 8 Product Guide for Business, the news comes alongside details of Windows To Go, a feature allowing companies to create a Windows 8 install on a USB drive that creates a temporary, secure Windows environment that can be used on other PCs without leaving a trace when unplugged.

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SlashGear 101: Windows 8 on ARM

SlashGear 101: Windows 8 on ARM

So, fellow Windows users, who among you can't wait to run to your local electronics store this fall and install Windows 8 - on your three-year-old home built benchmark buster? As exciting as a new version of Windows can be, this time the excitement's all about the ARM-based opportunities that an entirely new hardware and software platform can provide. Microsoft's been a little squirrely on Windows 8 for ARM hardware (Which they're referring to as "WOA" for short), but Steven Sinofsky, President of the Windows division broke it all down in a massive article at MSDN. If you're a Windows developer it's required reading, but we're breaking it down here for the consumer side of things.

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Windows 8 has tablet advantage over Android says ARM chief

Windows 8 has tablet advantage over Android says ARM chief

ARM processors and Microsoft's Windows may not be commonly found cohabiting the same device, but ARM CEO Warren East reckons Windows 8 could have the edge over Android in tablets thanks to the platform's brand recognition. "Consumers are familiar with Microsoft and very familiar with Windows and they're less familiar with an Android environment" East said during the company's financial results call this week, CNET reports. "Microsoft has an awareness advantage with consumers that the Android folks didn't have."

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