Desktops and Notebooks: Microsoft Shows ARM-Based Windows, Surface 2, New Laptops at CES

 
 
By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2011-01-06 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 devices—mostly powered by ARM chip designs—has created a market the company wants to penetrate in a major way.
 
 
 

Microsoft Shows ARM-Based Windows, Surface 2, New Laptops at CES

by Nicholas Kolakowski
Microsoft Shows ARM-Based Windows, Surface 2, New Laptops at CES
 
 
 
 
 
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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