Microsoft has announced at the Consumer Electronics Show that the next version of Windows will support system-on-a-chip (SoC) architectures, including ARM-based systems from partners Nvidia, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments.
Microsoft demonstrated an early build of the next version of Windows running on SoC platforms from Nvidia, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments on ARM, and also running on x86 SoC.
"The technology demonstration included Windows client support across a range of scenarios, such as hardware-accelerated graphics and media playback, hardware-accelerated web browsing with the latest Microsoft Internet Explorer, USB device support, printing and other features," the software giant said in a statement.
"Intel and AMD continue to evolve and improve the x86 platforms, including new low-power systems, and advance new designs such as the recently announced 2nd Generation Intel Core processor family and AMD's Fusion accelerated processing units (APUs). Nvidia, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments are joining Microsoft to provide ARM-based designs for the first time."