Microsoft Confirms That Windows On ARM Will Include Desktop Mode

Microsoft today confirmed through a blog post that Windows On ARM ( Windows 8 ) will include Desktop mode. Along with the desktop mode, Windows On ARM will also have Microsoft Office running on it.

Here is the summary of the announcement,

  • Windows on ARM, or WOA, is a new member of the Windows family that builds on the foundation of Windows.
  • WOA PCs are still under development and our collective goal is for PC makers to ship them the same time as PCs designed for Windows 8 on x86/64.
  • Metro style apps in the Windows Store can support both WOA and Windows 8 on x86/64.
  • WOA can support all new Metro style apps, including apps from Microsoft for mail, calendaring, contacts, photos, and storage.WOA also includes industry-leading support for hardware-accelerated HTML5 with Internet Explorer 10.
  • WOA includes desktop versions of the new Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.WOA supports the Windows desktop experience including File Explorer, Internet Explorer 10 for the desktop, and most other intrinsic Windows desktop features.
  • With WOA you can look forward to integrated, end-to-end products—hardware, firmware and WOA software, all built from the ground up.
  • Around the next milestone release of Windows 8 on x86/64, a limited number of test PCs will be made available to developers and hardware partners in a closed, invitation-only program.
  • The Windows Consumer Preview, the beta of Windows 8 on x86/64, will be available for download by the end of February

Read the detailed post here. 

  • Alec Lunsford

    Stupid decision for consumers. This will confuse the everyday Windows user like my mom. I don’t understand whats the point of having a desktop system which only a really small handful of apps will work on just make the ARM based tablets Start menu only.

    • mapevihu

      I see it the other way around, if anyone does not need it, well just don’t use it. But if anybody requires it for whatever reason, it is there for them to use…

      • Silas


      • Anonymous

        Nope – desktop mode is for Office and Windows components only – no third party apps will be allowed in desktop mode on ARM (Ina Fried at All Things D got that straight from Microsoft).

  • Anonymous

    Full Office 15 running on ALL Windows 8 devices…its a wrap

    • Simon Hudson

      This probably works for me. As a business device, all I really want on my slate is a decent browser and the Office apps – especially neNote.
      As a consumer device Metro apps will do the job as long as they are developed into a rich marketplace.

      For everything else I would grab my laptop – or RDP into a full fat machine

  • Willdoors

    what’s the point of the desktop if it won’t be able to run a full version of photoshop or ableton live (aka x86 x64 apps)? …. windows on arm is as useless as an ipad

    • Willdoors

      I supported windows phone 7….. but this windows 8 I will not….. what’s the point of having a weak version of ipad with this windows 8 ARM? ….. sad news it can’t run x86 or x64 apps!