Microsoft Windows for ARM (tablets) to be announced at CES 2011

We’ll see lots of new products being unveiled at CES 2011, and one of them seems to be a version of Microsoft’s Windows especially made for ARM chips.

According to Bloomberg and “people familiar with Microsoft’s plans”, the new Windows is “tailored for battery-powered devices, such as tablet computers and other handhelds.” So it looks like it won’t be just a remake of Windows 7 or Windows Phone 7.

Google is also readying an Android versions especially made for tablets, namely Android 3.0 Honeycomb – which, according to Motorola, may be also unveiled at CES.

The first tablet based on the new Windows could be the rumored 10-inch Samsung Gloria – this wouldn’t exactly be  a direct competitor to the iPad, the Galaxy Tab, or the BlackBerry Playbook, since it’s said it has a sliding QWERTY keyboard.

Low-power ARM chips are currently used both in tablets (Apple’s iPad, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab) and smartphones.

Author: Florin

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