After Microsoft unveiled Windows 8 recently at the AllThings D9 conference, the tech world was buzzing over its Windows Phone 7 Metro UI appearance. Its touch-centric UI is definitely revolutionary for a traditional desktop OS. It also makes it abundantly clear that Microsoft wants to use this rendition of Windows to take over the tablet space. Windows Phone President Andy Lees has already turned down the idea of having Windows Phone 7 tablets.
So yeah, it looks like Microsoft is trying to capitalize on this whole touchy-feely craze.
That’s great and all, but the real news came earlier in the year when it was confirmed that Windows 8 will support ARM architecture.
Say what? Tegra 2’s are great and all, but a dual-core ARM chip running at 1 GHz pushing (or should I dragging?) a desktop operating system?
This is where the real fun beings…
ARM chip manufacturers have introduced road maps for quad-core chips running at 2 GHz that will be released next year in time for the launch of Windows 8!
I’ll pause here for a second so that you can ponder the processing power of future tablet computers slowly sipping ARM juice…
But can you imagine this powering a smart phone? Having the glorious power of 4 cores running at 2GHz powering a full desktop OS in your pocket? Optimus Switchable Graphics? How about switchable OS’: Windows 8 when you need your computer and Windows 7 when you need to use it as a phone.
64GB of storage? A pico projector?
All the parts are there to make it happen. We already have manufacturers releasing 4.5 and 5 inch phones, so size won’t be that big of an issue.
Is it wishful thinking, or are we at the dawn of a new age of mobile computing?