POSTS TAGGED: Windows on ARM

Qualcomm and Microsoft to Provide Devs With Snapdragon Windows PCs

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Recently we reported that Microsoft would be requiring that the manufacturers lock down the bootloader on all ARM devices that would ship with Windows 8, and an interesting turn of events has happened. Qualcomm and Microsoft have teamed up to provide developers with Windows 8 PCs and tablets in order to create applications that will optimize the ARM-architecture of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor. Microsoft’s Director of Business Planning, Stefan Kinnestrand, had this to say:

“Microsoft’s development tools and the Qualcomm Snapdragon test PCs will enable developers to build and test Metro style apps for Windows on ARM PCs. Based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor, these system

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Microsoft Confirms Lockdown of ARM Devices Running Windows 8

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Microsoft is at it again. First, they forced many mobile device OEMs to pay a fee for every Android device shipped. Now they want to put the stranglehold on manufacturers wishing to use ARM with Windows 8. In their infinite wisdom, Microsoft has decided that customers who purchase a Windows 8 devices with ARM architecture must not be able to load any other operating system other than what shipped with it.

Their Windows 8 Hardware Certification Requirements point to a “custom” secure boot mode via UEFI, allowing users to add signatures for alternative operating systems, and thus enabling that device to boot the operating system. That doesn’t apply to ARM devices though, as this “c. . . READ ON »

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