On Intel CPU’s Windows 8 will be blazing fast, no question. But what about ARM CPU’s?
Ever since the ARM-Microsoft deal for Windows 8 was announced, there have been heaps of arguments on all sides about how this puts Intel in a touch position. However, as more and more details emerge, a different story seems to be coming out of the BUILD conference.
Intel Is The Stronger Partner For Windows 8
If there’s one thing that ARM processors cannot match up to, it is the raw processing power of Intel’s chips. The comparison’s clear, you cannot make do with ARM processors if you are looking to run a heavy application; something like Adobe Flash (the software, not the plugin) or a video editing application like Avid. Besides, Windows 8 can only run its full, Desktop+Metro version on x86 — which is predominantly Intel and then AMD. ARM devices will only get the Metro side of things.
As a case in point, let’s look at the tablet give away to developer’s at the BUILD conference. It was made by Samsung and it was running on a Core i5 processor. It even had a fan at the back to cool things down. But it worked exactly as it should and that is what matters. So why didn’t Samsung go for ARM? Well of course, they needed the tablet to give the full Windows 8 experience but they also wanted to provide something that was powerful.
At this point of course, there’s a slight chink in Intel’s armor — their Atom series. Samsung did not use Atom because it way to underpowered for they were looking to provide the developers with.
ARM Still Holds Strong In Mobile
What needs to be pointed out here is that the collaboration with ARM will come in handy when it comes to the mobile sector. This is where the real penetration needs to happen. Windows already rules the roost when it comes to x86 machines. So the future laptops, netbooks and ultrabooks will be Intel for sure. But the amazing phones that will come out with Windows 8 on them will be running on ARM. Hence, it is not a competing scenario but more like a complimentary set up which ultimately goes to kill neither chip-makers and just bolsters Microsoft’s case in all possible markets.