Rick Merritt, EETimes
5/17/2011 7:53 PM EDT
SAN JOSE – Microsoft's move to put Windows on ARM processors will result in a fragmented set of four environments, none of which will run legacy PC Windows apps, said Intel executives. Separately Intel said it will roll out this fall software from McAfee to enable a new level of security on its processors.
Supporting Windows 8 could cost ARM companies billions, said Intel chief executive Paul Otellini at an annual analyst meeting here. Microsoft announced in January its next version of Windows will support ARM chips.
"Yes, the ARM guys are getting a port to Windows, but it's really four ports [because] every OS has to be written to a chip so Microsoft is really doing four ports of Windows to ARM," he said.
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