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Will there ever be ports to ___? No!

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15th September 2011, 09:08 PM   |  #1  
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There won't be ports to say, the Motorola Xoom or the HP TouchPad. Let me explain:

1. In it's current state, Windows 8 doesn't support ARM architecture, although it will later, so I suppose this is only a semi-valid point.

2. and 3. Windows 8 isn't open source, so any ports would be illegal and without source, it's basically impossible.

Please don't fill this subsection with questions concerning if it'll ever come to your tablet/phone/etc., because it won't.
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15th September 2011, 09:33 PM   |  #2  
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your right,I almost forgot about legal stuff! +1 for pointing this out!
15th September 2011, 10:11 PM   |  #3  
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http://www.anandtech.com/show/4811/w...-intel-silicon
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i guess we can be confident that 1. will happen
15th September 2011, 10:24 PM   |  #4  
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Originally Posted by NikolaiT

There won't be ports to say, the Motorola Xoom or the HP TouchPad. Let me explain:

1. In it's current state, Windows 8 doesn't support ARM architecture, although it will later, so I suppose this is only a semi-valid point.

2. and 3. Windows 8 isn't open source, so any ports would be illegal and without source, it's basically impossible.

Please don't fill this subsection with questions concerning if it'll ever come to your tablet/phone/etc., because it won't.

Microsoft does have Windows 8 running on ARM, the only thing they haven't done is release a dev build. We'll either get it at a later date or we'll have to wait for the beta.
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Originally Posted by NikolaiT

There won't be ports to say, the Motorola Xoom or the HP TouchPad. Let me explain:

1. In it's current state, Windows 8 doesn't support ARM architecture, although it will later, so I suppose this is only a semi-valid point.

2. and 3. Windows 8 isn't open source, so any ports would be illegal and without source, it's basically impossible.

Please don't fill this subsection with questions concerning if it'll ever come to your tablet/phone/etc., because it won't.

Not being open source didn't stop the HTC HD2 from recieving Windows Phone 7
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15th September 2011, 10:40 PM   |  #6  
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Not being open source didn't stop the HTC HD2 from recieving Windows Phone 7

Mobile OSes are less work than a full fledged operating system, plus, you need to consider legality.
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http://www.anandtech.com/show/4811/w...-intel-silicon
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i guess we can be confident that 1. will happen

While it will support ARM, I'd say it's doubtful that it would be released on a disk that you could just load onto your existing device, it will probably only come preloaded on devices by OEMs.

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Not being open source didn't stop the HTC HD2 from recieving Windows Phone 7

Traditionally MS haven't been worried about piracy of their mobile OS's. Their mobile OS efforts have mainly been about keeping people in the Windows eco-system, and to a much lesser degree selling licenses for CE to OEMs making embedded devices. In most cases of mobile OS roms being posted, they've just been updated/enhanced roms for existing Windows mobile devices and so haven't really cost sales and have possibly enhanced the ecosystem.

They're generally much much more concerned about piracy of their main OS. It remains to be seen how they will react to people trying port the ARM version of Windows 8, but they could easily react as strongly as they would for a normal x86 windows.
15th September 2011, 10:59 PM   |  #8  
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Mobile OSes are less work than a full fledged operating system, plus, you need to consider legality.

That's never stopped developers from porting anything before...
I think at this point the largest hurdle is getting a build from an ARM dump. And drivers...can't forget about drivers.
15th September 2011, 11:50 PM   |  #9  
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Mobile OSes are less work than a full fledged operating system, plus, you need to consider legality.

Why would the legality be an issue? As long as you have a valid licence and key, when it officially becomes for sale, wouldn't it be ok?
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Why would the legality be an issue? As long as you have a valid licence and key, when it officially becomes for sale, wouldn't it be ok?

It most likely won't.

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