Windows 8 Tablets Won't Run PC Apps, After All
Posted on: 09/15/2011 05:00 PM

InformationWeek posted a story that Apps written for x86 Windows PCs won't be able to run on ARM-based Win 8 tablets

Windows 8 Tablets Won't Run PC Apps, After All

"We've been very clear since the very first CES demos and forward that the ARM product won't run any x86 applications," said Stephen Sinofsky, president of Microsoft Windows unit, during a meeting with financial analysts Wednesday. Windows 8 for tablets runs on devices powered by chips designed by U.K.-based ARM. The desktop version runs on traditional, x86 chips from Intel and AMD.

Sinofsky's comments came a day after he implied that apps for the tablet and desktop versions of Windows 8 would be cross-compatible. "The demos we are showing you today are equally at home on ARM or x86," Sinofsky said, during a keynote presentation at Microsoft's BUILD conference in Anaheim, Calif.

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