Microsoft chances its ARM

Microsoft has suggested that an ARM-compatible version of Windows might not arrive until late next year, or even 2012. This does give Microsoft time to address some of the drawbacks of its existing operating systems. But it also provides a window of opportunity for Apple, and especially Android-based devices, to strengthen their grip on the tablet and smartphone markets.

Microsoft's commitment for ARM is good news for the British company, and for device makers. But might be too little, too late, to give Microsoft leadership in portable devices.

Stephen Pritchard is a contributing editor at IT PRO.

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