Desktops and Notebooks: Microsoft Shows ARM-Based Windows, Surface 2, New Laptops at CES
Microsoft's Jan. 5 press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show centered on the company's announcement that the next version of Windows will support SoC (system-on-a-chip) architecture, in particular ARM-based systems from partners such as Qualcomm, Nvidia and Texas Instruments. Steven Sinofsky, president of Windows and Windows Live Division, declined to offer many details about that fabled next Windows build, but nonetheless company executives used the event to show off some up-and-coming technologies. Among those technologies: Surface 2, the next version of Microsoft's table-size touch-screen device developed in conjunction with Samsung and due later this year. Microsoft also displayed ultralight and touch-screen-centric laptops running Windows 7. Finally, Sinofsky and company briefly demonstrated Windows running natively on laptops powered by ARM chips. Windows currently dominates the x86 platform used by traditional PCs, but the rise of mobile devicesmostly powered by ARM chip designshas created a market the company wants to penetrate in a major way.