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ARM's Bright PC Future

Even though there is not yet a version of Windows that runs on ARM processors, research house IDC claims ARM will own 13 percent of the PC market by 2015. That's because Microsoft promises to port Windows 8 (or whatever it'll call it) to ARM's system-on-a-chip.

ARM processors don't need a lot of power, which was an advantage until Intel's announcement of a super-low-power consuming processor.

Here are my concerns: First, many of these ARM machines will be tablets, not full-fledged PCs. Second, I doubt an ARM version of Windows will ship before 2013. That doesn't give the company much time to grab what is roughly double the market share of the Mac, which has been around for a quarter century!

Is IDC all wet, and I am the one soaking? Let me know either way at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 05/09/2011 at 1:18 PM


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