Microsoft is working on a new Windows system for mobile devices which would focus on devices using energy-saving chips designed by ARM, a British company.
Microsoft head Steve Ballmer is expected to present the new systems in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The new systems should support chips from both ARM, Intel and AMD. Many of ARM’s chips are currently used in both the iPad and iPhone from Apple. Now Windows will reportedly offer versions of its Windows CE and Windows Phone 7 systems that run on ARM chips.
Its standard Desktop Windows system will be designed for x-86 architecture chips from Intel and AMD.Quallcomm, Texas Instruments and Samsung all produce chips with ARM designs. An alliance with ARM could help Microsoft catch up in the mobile devices market. Microsoft official Achim Berg has noted that, since the launch of its smartphone software, Windows Phone 7, about 1.5 million Windows mobile sets have been sold.