Microsoft announced its new Windows operating system will support SoC based on ARM and is mainly working with NVidia (Tegra Processors), Qualcomm and Texas Instruments. This should allow their customers to provide a wider range of tablets running Windows OS. They will also keep working with AMD and Intel on their low power x86 processors.
Here’s an excerpt of the press release:
LAS VEGAS — Jan. 5, 2011 — Microsoft Corp. today announced at 2011 International CES that the next version of Windows will support System on a Chip (SoC) architectures, including ARM-based systems from partners NVIDIA Corp., Qualcomm Inc. and Texas Instruments Inc. On the x86 architecture, Intel Corporation and AMD continue their work on low-power SoC designs that fully support Windows, including support for native x86 applications. SoC architectures will fuel significant innovation across the hardware spectrum when coupled with the depth and breadth of the Windows platform.
Steve ballmer also discussed about this during Microsoft CES 2011 Keynote and Mike Angiulo, Corporate Vice President, Windows Planning, Hardware and PC Ecosystem demo’ed a new Atom Soc Platform (with a tiny PCB) running the next version of Windows (Windows 8?), a prototype with Qualcomm Snapdragon, a platform running Windows on Texas Instruments OMAP and finally a prototype using NVidia Tegra platform and showing an HTML 5 demo hardware accelerated with the GPU.
The Windows ARM demo starts at 03:04:56