While the world is discussing the news that Windows 8 will support ARM processors, the president of the company ARM Tudor Brown said in an interview with Reuters that this would be a forced move by Microsoft.
At Microsoft there is simply no choice, says Brown. The fact is that now in the world there has been a trend towards the increasing popularity of mobile devices, the vast majority of which will be built on the basis of ARM processors. ARM licenses its architecture to companies such as Marvell и Qualcommthat use it to create the chips that dominate the smartphone market.
CPU atom, x86 architecture, developed by a longtime ally Microsoft – company Intel, has not received proper distribution among "tablets" and even more so smartphones, due to its very serious power consumption.
Thus Microsoft would be able to expand its influence in those markets that are now dominated by Apple, Google и R.I.M.. But wouldn't it be too late by then?