Intel Claims ARM Not For Windows 8 Legacy Applications

Chip maker Intel has claimed that the upcoming Windows 8 operating system platform for ARM based processors won’t be able to run legacy apps.

Renée James, the general manager of Intel's software and services group, said during the company’s investor conference that Intel was not worried about Microsoft offering support for rival ARM’s processor for the next version of Windows.

She explained that Windows 8 traditional will come with a Windows 7 mode on Intel’s x86 architecture that would allow users to run both Windows 7 and Windows 8 apps, Channel Register reveals.

However, she said that users won’t enjoy the same flexibility on ARM processors. “On ARM, there'll be the new experience, which is very specifically around the mobile experience, specifically around tablet and some limited clamshell, with no legacy OS. Our competitors will not be running legacy applications. Not now. Not ever,” she said.

She also revealed that the company has a team stationed at Microsoft’s Redmond head quarters that works to deeply integrate Microsoft’s software with Intel hardware. James also said that company has been working towards Windows 8 for the last couple of years.

“I'm very excited about it. We've been working on it for a long time. There's a lot of exciting new features and things about it that I think are going to be great for users, great for the PC and tablet industry,” she said.