Microsoft working with ARM for 64 bit Windows RT support

cortex-a50_series_original reports that Microsoft is working with ARM to bring Windows support to ARM’s new 64 bit architecture.

The news courtesy of Ian Forsyth, program manager at ARM.  He did not however say when this 64 bit OS will show up on ARM’s chips.

ARM has just announced its first 64-bit processor designs, Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53, which are based on ARM’s Armv8 architecture. ARM said that it expects servers and mobile devices based on the processors to reach the market in 2014. Nvidia is developing a processor core based on ARM’s 64-bit architecture under the code-name Project Denver. A Qualcomm spokeswoman said the company cannot comment at this time on specific product plans.

Windows RT, which runs on ARM, is currently limited to 32 bits, unlike the desktop x86 Windows 8, which has no problem with both 32 and 64 bit chipsets.

While it will be some time before these chipsets hit the market, it is good to hear Microsoft is ahead of the game in supporting the new technology, which should mean the next version of Windows and Windows Phone will have support from the start.


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