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Windows 10 On ARM: 7 Observations
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Michael Endler
Michael Endler,
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10/14/2014 | 10:07:33 AM
Re: App Gap...
"Regardless of how great Windows 10 is, Microsoft still has the touch app gap problem.  Even Microsoft has yet to release Office for the Windows touch UI!"

Agreed. As I indicated a few times in the article, it's getting harder to see how Microsoft's going to make Modern touch apps relevant. I actually think the Windows 8.1 desktop is fine, lack of a Start menu aside, and I think the Windows 10 desktop looks quite good. But Microsoft better have an ace up its sleeve for the tablet/smartphone versions. Cortana is impressive, and we'll see Modern Office sooner than later... but that's not enough to make Windows tablets as useful as tablets as an iPad or Android slate. The Surface Pro 3 is a pretty nice laptop that has confined touch/pen uses-- but not something that works as a pure tablet.
Charlie Babcock
Charlie Babcock,
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10/13/2014 | 7:51:59 PM
ARM has lead in low power consumption
Intel has done a good job of taking away some of the reasons to buy ARM, mainly by lowering power consumption of its Atom and some versions of Xeon chips. But it's hard to believe Intel will ever lead in that area. Rather it will follow when it's forced to. And ARM has been instrumental in cutting down the battery power pull of mobile device chips. 
Lorna Garey
Lorna Garey,
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10/13/2014 | 11:09:47 AM
Long game
All software companies should be aiming for hardware agnosticity as a long-term goal. ARM today, who knows what tomorrow? Maybe we'll be running OSes in our DNA. But one thing seems sure - tying yourself to one chip maker isn't smart.

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