Microsoft said on Wednesday that it plans to support System on a Chip architectures with its next version of Windows.
Windows Chief, Steven Sinofsky, took to the stage at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today to detail the support and show off an early build of Windows 8. Microsoft is partnering with ARM-based manufactures NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments.
Sinofsky made it clear that the software giant would not refer to its next generation Windows as Windows 8 but simply the “next version of Windows.” Microsoft did not detail any time lines or plans for a beta release of Windows 8.
ARM support for Windows will allow for greater battery life, new form factors and hardware. Microsoft did not show off any specific devices and most of the hardware on stage was prototype that is used inside Microsoft’s Windows labs.
Microsoft is currently in the planning and preparation stage for Windows 8. The software giant is expected to share more information and beta bits later this year. Steve Ballmer has described the next release of Windows as the company’s “riskiest product bet”. It is understood that Microsoft will feature deep cloud integration into the future OS to realise its vision of “three screens and a cloud”. Microsoft’s Dutch PR team posted in October that Microsoft was “on course for the next version of Windows” and that it would take around “two years before Windows 8 is on the market“.