After Microsoft introduced Windows 8 for ARM devices, there were many rumours about the capabilities of these devices for running applications. Steven Sinofsky from Microsoft has cleared up some of the confusion around this and stated that Windows for ARM will offer same out of box experience as the x86 version of Windows 8. This means that ARM devices will have full blown Windows experience with entire desktop applications in addition to the metro-style UI, Windows Store, and Internet Explorer 10.
Important things to know about Windows on ARM
- Windows on ARM, or WOA, is a new member of the Windows family that builds on the foundation of Windows,
- WOA PCs are still under development and our collective goal is for PC makers to ship them the same time as PCs designed for Windows 8 on x86/64.
- Metro style apps in the Windows Store can support both WOA and Windows 8 on x86/64.
- WOA can support all new Metro style apps, including apps from Microsoft for mail, calendaring, contacts, photos, and storage. WOA also includes industry-leading support for hardware-accelerated HTML5 with Internet Explorer 10.
- WOA includes desktop versions of the new Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
- With WOA you can look forward to integrated, end-to-end products—hardware, firmware and WOA software, all built from the ground up.
- Around the next milestone release of Windows 8 on x86/64, a limited number of test PCswill be made available to developers and hardware partners in a closed, invitation-only program.
- The Windows Consumer Preview, the beta of Windows 8 on x86/64, will be available for download by the end of February.
The video here details more information on Windows for ARM.