Microsoft Licenses ARM Architecture ARM and Microsoft continue relationship with closer access to ARM IP CAMBRIDGE, UK – July 23, 2010 – ARM and Microsoft Corp. today announced that they have signed a new licensing agreement for the ARM® architecture. The agreement extends the collaborative relationship between the two companies. Since 1997 Microsoft and ARM have worked together on software and devices across the embedded, consumer and mobile spaces, enabling many companies to deliver user experiences on a broad portfolio of ARM-based products. “Microsoft is an important member of the ARM ecosystem, and has been for many years,” said Mike Muller, CTO ARM. “With this architecture license, Microsoft will be at the forefront of applying and working with ARM technology in concert with a broad range of businesses addressing multiple application areas.” “ARM is an important partner for Microsoft and we deliver multiple operating systems on the company’s architecture, most notably Windows Embedded and Windows Phone,” said KD Hallman, general manager, Microsoft. “With closer access to the ARM technology we will be able to enhance our research and development activities for ARM-based products.” ARM licenses processor IP under a flexible licensing model, enabling highly integrated solutions for a variety of applications ranging from mobile devices to home electronics and industrial products. ARM customers can license the ARM architecture or specific processor implementations. Details of the agreement will remain confidential. About Microsoft Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
I think the primary intention of this was so MS can make their own hardware for their new WP7 os.
But I can see this leading to a whole slew of other products.
Very curious to see what direction this goes.
I'm happy for ARM, but I don't foresee MS doing anything too radical with this.
They'll probably put out a platform that only accepts developer apps compiled as .Net IL. Otherwise, they might accidentally encourage developers to create cross-architecture/platform code.
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
I don't see ARM competing with Intel in the Desktop area, or notebook for that case. But Phones and Tablets/Slates can be a different story.
Arm has been competing in the phone market for quite some time.
I think microsoft is just trying to piggy-back off that experience and attempt to add their own touch too it... which isn't always a good thing.
Time will tell.
I feel the same way acarzt, I feel like Microsoft is more of a software company then a hardware company. I mean they tried their best with their keyboards and mouses (excluding the SideWinder) but I just don't think they were cut for the job (save for a few innovative items).
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Well, they did a pretty good job with the Xbox(except for a few, lol, RRODs)
And I like their keyboards and mice. And the 360 Controller is the best controller!
They also make good webcams.
The Zune has some great hardware in it too. It's just not as popular as the iPod.
They might be able to pull off a good cell phone. I'd like to see what they come up with.
"And the 360 Controller is the best controller!"
for sure. and controller s takes 2nd
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