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Windows 8 'to be cheaper with ARM'

Running Windows 8 on an ARM platform could be a lot cheaper than using Intel chips, it is claimed.

When Windows 8 finally rolls out some time this year, use of an ARM chip platform may be the way to go.

According to CNet, Windows 8 is stable on the ARM chip platform and will be with developers soon.

"In October of last year.
[Windows 8 on ARM] scared the industry because it was unstable. But what we are seeing now is quite stable," it quotes sources as saying.

"We haven't heard this directly from Microsoft, but we've heard this from the hardware partners that
[Microsoft] is working with. We've been promised something in the February time frame."

Importantly, the insider also reveals that ARM-based Windows 8 will be "significantly" less expensive than Intel-based offerings.

The 2012 Consumer Electronic Show recently demonstrated a number of devices running Windows 8 on Intel chips, but the same laptops and netbooks running ARM platforms could be much cheaper.

CNet's source explained: "The bigger implication is, with
[Intel-based] ultrabooks you're popularising the idea that you have this thinner design that turns on faster, that lasts longer [battery life]- but then you have Windows 8 on ARM that's built at a price point that's much lower, snd does all of those things too.

"This is setting up the ultrabook to head right into the teeth of their
[ARM] competitor."

The big advantage Intel will expect to have, which may explain any potential price difference, is the potential for legacy applications. This is not an avenue that ARM seems set to go down, but is one that Intel is pushing heavily.

CNet suggests that this is why all the recent demos of Windows 8 have been using Intel chips.

Whichever chip set is used, Microsoft has promised that installation and set-up of Windows 8 will be easier that it was with previous operating systems.

It also claims to have kept system requirements to a minimum, negating the need for many people to upgrade their PCs to run Windows 8.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801280013-ADNFCR