Microsoft Expected To Showcase ARM-Based Windows At CES 2011

Microsoft is preparing to launch a new version of its Windows operating system, designed to run on ARM chips.

Citing two people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg broke the news, reporting that the company will showcase the ARM version of Windows at the upcoming Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in January.

Microsoft will also optimise the software to run on battery powered devices like tablet computers. The company until now has been reliant on chips made by Intel, who have yet to effectively optimise their hardware for mobile devices.

ARM processor chips are made by Qualcomm Inc, Texas Instruments Inc and Samsung Electronics and are used on smartphones.

The Wall Street Journal however added that Microsoft's ARM optimised Windows software will not be released to consumers for the next two years.

It is not known when Microsoft will release its Windows software for tablets. The next known major release for the company is Windows 8 and that isn’t expected to launch until 2012.