Microsoft unveiled its Internet Explorer 10 platform preview on Tuesday.
The software giant also demonstrated Internet Explorer 10 running inside Windows 8. Windows Chief, Steven Sinofsky, took to the stage on Tuesday at MIX11 in Las Vegas to demonstrate an ARM version of Windows. Sinofsky showed the processor information but did not state whether it was a Windows 8 build or not. The Windows build featured an up arrow in the explorer window that Sinofsky revealed, also found in previously leaked Windows 8 screenshots.
Sinofsky’s further demonstration of an ARM based version of Windows follows a demo earlier this year. Microsoft held a special press event at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January to introduce a technology preview of Microsoft’s Windows ARM support and show off an early build of Windows 8. Microsoft is partnering with ARM-based manufactures NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments to produce new Tablet devices.
Microsoft is currently working on a Windows 8 “immersive” tablet user experience. However, the company may introduce Windows 8 ARM based tablets ahead of a full desktop release. Microsoft’s competitive tablet strategy is believed to be further along than expected. Dell’s recently leaked Tablet Roadmap revealed that the OEM has marked Q1 2012 as its date for a Windows 8 based slate. WinRumors understands that Microsoft has been working on an ARM based version of Windows for nearly a year and that it is laboring hard to bring this to the market as soon as possible.
Sinofsky’s further sneak peak at a next-generation build of Windows running on ARM chips will add further support to the rumors that Microsoft is planning an ARM based tablet earlier than its desktop counterpart. Microsoft has a habit of introducing new technologies at the Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital Conference, which will run from May 31 to June 2 this year. Bill Gates introduced Microsoft’s Surface computer in 2007 and the company demonstrated Windows 7 multitouch in 2008. It’s possible that Microsoft might be planning to demonstrate a technology preview of Windows 8 Tablets at the conference this year. The constant hints at Windows ARM tablets are hard to ignore, lets see what June brings.