Rumour: Microsoft to expand ARM processor choices to Samsung and ST-Ericsson SOCs in next Windows update

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MSNerd, long time Microsoft leaker,has passed on a little tip about the next version of Windows on ARM.

Currently Windows on ARM runs on NVidia, Qualcomm and TI processors, which leaves OEMs like Samsung unable to use processors from their own supply chain.

According to MSNerd, in the next update to Windows Nokia and Samsung will be able to use processors from their favourite providers – in Nokia’s case ST-Ericsson’s Novathor processor, and in Samsung’s case its own Exynos processor and SOC.

Blue is said to be an interim update to Windows, much like a service pack, and may be the start of a regular, more phone-like pattern of yearly updates to Windows which add features, as we have come to expect from Windows Phone and the iOS.

So far we do not know much else about the update, but one can hope the update removes the reliance of the Modern UI on the Windows desktop for many settings.

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  • JohnCz

    Makes sense…certainly will help Samsung on price since they make their on SOC. I agree that transitioning OS settings from desktop to Modern UI should be a priority in upcoming updates.

    • grenz242

      I’m not loving the transition to the ‘modern UI’. In reality it invariably translates to dumbed down settings with fewer options modeled after the typical user, but leaving users that require more options behind.

  • Asgardi

    “So far we do not know much else about the update, but one can hope the update removes the reliance of the Modern UI on the Windows desktop for many settings.”
    Really? :) Don’t know what you are thinking about the future of Windows but it is going to be just the other way around. The update will most likely remove some reliance of the legacy desktop “for many settings” which you probably use to refer to traditional PCs and laptops.