Recently, regarding the new Windows 8 project, Microsoft released full details of Windows 8 on ARM. The official information answers many questions, although some are still remaining; the full details of Windows 8 being provided only for the new ARM compatibility features, rather than the traditional desktop platform.
Microsoft is extremely optimistic about Windows 8, since it doesn’t only improve the general performance of desktop platforms (with new features, accessibility, capabilities, etc), but it also makes room for the new class of PCs with unique capabilities, such as those which are ARM-based. When it comes to Windows 8, one fact is certain: this particular operating system will change the traditional complexity and capabilities provided by Microsoft, offering a new experience and introducing other platforms, such as ARM-based PCs. Windows 8 not only prepares its users for the future, it also prepares the next-generation PCs’ arrival.
When recent information was released, Microsoft proved that it’s quite keen on the fact that it doesn’t want ARM devices to be referred simply as standard Windows 8 systems with another type of processor. As Microsoft puts it, Windows 8 on ARM (known as WOA) is intended for the next-generation of PC, that it’s planned to be revolutionary in both hardware and software industry. In an interview with Mary Branscombe, Microsoft announced that Windows on ARM, known as WOA represent a brand new member of the big family of Windows. What’s more, Windows on ARM is being built on the foundation of Windows; therefore it resembles the traditional capabilities of the operating system, while adding certain ‘modern’ features to the design and capabilities, such as the touch-screen interface.
In the same interview, Microsoft pointed out the fact that Windows 8 resembles a significant amount of shared code and also a high degree of commonality, which is part of the Windows ecosystem as we know it. Microsoft also announced during this interview for TechRadar that Windows 8 on ARM, or WOA, was meant to introduce and enable a new generation of PCs that have unique properties and capabilities, thus being a new level of technology, with both traditional and new features.
Surely, Windows 8 on ARM will be something new for most users and even for the developers themselves, since new features are to be implemented, which are designed to give Windows 8 its modern flexibility in a brand new package, offering an operating system that can last over time as reliable and capable. One example of this flexibility on Windows 8 is the reset and refresh feature and its differences compared with a clean install. Stay tuned for more news regarding Windows 8 and Windows 8 on ARM (WOA).