Intel : Our Windows 8 tablets will be better

intel-insideIntel’s Renée James has expounded more on Windows 8 and its relations to the chipsets and processors it will run on.

"Windows 8 traditional", she said, will run on x86 chips and handle "legacy" x86-based Windows apps via a "Windows 7 mode" whereas "on ARM, there’ll be the new experience, which is very specifically around the mobile experience, specifically around tablet and some limited clamshell, with no legacy OS."

However while x86 Windows 8 devices will be able to partake of the “new mobile experience” while still having access to legacy apps, ARM devices will not.

"We will also be able to run that [new] experience. So for an Intel user, we’ll kind of have the best of both worlds. So we think we’re extraordinarily well-positioned in Windows 8."

"… our customers, or anyone who has an Intel-based or an x86-based product, will be able to run either Windows 7 mode or Windows 8 mode," she said. "They’ll run all of their old applications, all of their old files – there’ll be no issue."

"Our competitors will not be running legacy applications. Not now. Not ever." she said.

She insisted users buying a Windows 8 device with Intel Inside will not be compromising.

"But what you may not know,is that we have an on-site development team in Redmond that actually works deep inside the OS to make sure that the platforms, and the features, and the new instructions – whatever new thing we’re inventing – is ready to go at the time of introduction of the latest Microsoft environment." likely making a reference to Intel’s latest 3D 22 nanometre chips with extremely low power usage.

"We’ve been working for the last couple of years – very, very focused – on Windows 8," she said. "I’m very excited about it. We’ve been working on it for a long time. There’s a lot of exciting new features and things about it that I think are going to be great for users, great for the PC and tablet industry."

Recalling the glory days of Wintel, she said "We’ve been working with Microsoft on Windows for probably 20 years, this year. We’ve been their partner for a long time – everybody writes about it, everybody talks about it," she said.

She did not see much future for ARM-based tablets.

"For the client," she said, "compatibility and legacy, we think, is a very important value proposition, certainly in the enterprise for IT managers, and also for consumers for probably a significant number of years into the future."

Given what she describes is broadly accurate, and Windows 8 tablets will offer the best of both worlds, I myself would much rather buy an Intel x86 than ARM tablet.  Do our readers feel the same way, or are you willing to take the chance and lock yourself completely into the new ARM-based ecosystem? Let us know below.

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  • Guest

    Just depends on the battery life vs performance. Traditionallly battery life on Intel chips have been worse than ARM processors. With the new wave of hardware coming out from Intel if its on par with ARM in battery life department, sure.. I’d rather have a Intel based tablet so i  dont have to wait for develpoers to recompile their apps for the ARM architecture. If its not on par with ARM via battery life I will most likely get an ARM based tablet as I already have a pair of laptops.  

  • Bobby Cannon

     Intel is in for a market share hit for sure. I think they can see it. They will hold their own because of some legacy apps but they should be concerned. With more applications using .NET (AnyCPU) the dependency on “X86” goes away. All we need is a .NET framework for the platform and our code will run on any chip.

  • David Bailey

     Thats what I want to hear, a unique tablet experience.

  • Ian Walker

    I want a totally focussed tablet experience with no compromises.

    • Guest

      I want a totally typo-free comment. 

  • Sergey Durnov

    Yes. it is all about battery life and performance. If Intel will release something with great parameters – I will buy it, if not – I will be happy with .NET on ARM. 

  • webuser

     The stupidity in the media world is everyone think the new one is the future. ARM is not the future because it is new. Lets put is plain and simple, ARM’s only advantage is now lower power consumption. If x86 can do the same or better. ARM lost everything. I mean, including phones. Intel and Microsoft have said in public: Windows 8 will run on any device, including phones.

    If you ask me, ARM is in serously danger. Don’t listen to those Wall Street morons, they are …, you know. 

    • Paul

      ARM has several advantages. 1) Power consumption 2) It’s a reference design that anyone can license and then modify and have manufactured 3) The majority of touch-centric apps have been developed for that platform 4) It’s cheap (Intel recently said they won’t license ARM because it would kill their margins).

      If catching up were trivial, Intel would have already done so.

  • Guest

    Intel keeps comparing their chips coming out next year to ARM chips already out. There aren’t many ARM A9 chips out there, and no A15’s…the storm is coming for Intel as those A15 chips will be much more power efficient.

    People keep forgetting ARM just designs the instruction set and reference design. Intel has the superior manufacturing and transistor process. It’s not Intels chip design that will be more efficient, it’s their process. Eventually that will hit a wall.
    I think sometime in the near to mid future Intel will get on the ARM bandwagon, there is no reason they can’t license ARM. They could make some amazing ARM processors. They just can’t do it now because it would kill their stock and be an admission of defeat. But I have no doubt it will happen…

    • Guest

      You aren’t suggesting that ARM has superior chip design capabilities to Intel, are you?  I wouldn’t bet against Intel.

  • Paul

    Amazing how motivated to work with MS Intel has suddenly become now that Windows has been ported to ARM.

    • Anonymous

       Yeah same thing i thought… they been with their linux project left and right and now that Nokia is no longer with them with them they want to be friends again…

  • Kazi

    Imo .Net and Silverlight are key technologies as those are processor independent technologies at the binary level, i.e. same binaries can run on ARM and on x86. In addition to Silverlight and WPF uses vector graphics i.e. it can be used to build resolution independent applications. Same true for Html5 but it lacks many many UX and DX features. So the future is clear, x86 or ARM will not make too much difference.

  • Michael hansen

    what thay are scared of is soc = system on chip = the glory days of the c64 , the people behiend the arm processor
    open platform 

  • Kyle K

    I’ve said this so many times to so many people.  Tablet phone OSes are completely non productive and only help if you want email and a limited internet.  Give me a tablet that does everything my laptop does (business wise) that has the portability and battery life and we have the game winner.  Everyone really wants a zippy netbook tablet that costs < $400-$500.  iPad is doing well only on its hype and name.  It still is just an oversized iphone with some apps that take up the remaining resolution.

  • Terry Beck

     better than what ?

  • Jessie Anderson

    Intel is now marginalized.   
    It’s not only ARM in the processor play…

    Intel grew fat with Windows and then wandered off for something more with Linux, MeeGo, and everything they have as a project.  
    Should have spent some time in R&D after iPhone started to skyrocket. 

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