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difenbaker Posts: > 500

What Windows 10 means for smartphones
Added: Mon 6 Oct 2014

In case you missed it, last week saw the announcement of the latest version of the Windows operating system, confusingly titled Windows 10 - only Microsoft knows what happened to Windows 9. The big thing about Windows 10 is that it's going to unify all of Microsoft's interests, be they desktop, laptop, tablet, mobile or games console; the company wants to create a single operating system which powers all of its devices, rather than having loads of software which works independently and doesn't benefit from things like cloud storage and totally compatible apps.

It's a great idea in principle, and could revolutionise the way we use both mobile and in-home devices, but there's a catch if you're a fan of Windows Phone - it's going to be totally replaced by Windows 10, and that might not be as simple as Microsoft would have you believe.

Before we discuss the whys and wherefores of bringing a desktop OS to the (very) small screen, it's worth having a little history lesson. Windows on a computers runs on x86 (Intel) or AMD architecture, while Windows Phone has, up until this point, been built on ARM tech. That's because ARM pretty much controls the mobile sector right now - around 95 per cent, in fact - and Intel has only recently tried to make inroads with its Atom-based technology. Because ARM was so dominant, Microsoft was forced to make Windows Phone run on ARM chipsets in order to gain the support of handset makers, thereby rendering it incompatible with standard Windows applications.

Microsoft wants to bridge the gap between mobile and desktop so that you'll be able to run the same programs on your phone as you would your PC at home, but to do that it's going to require a massive change in terms of mobile hardware. Microsoft will have to totally ditch ARM in its handsets and move over to Intel's architecture, which is a pretty drastic move - even more so when you consider that it took the extreme route of embracing ARM in order to gain a foothold in the smartphone arena.

However, when you consider that Microsoft's Windows Phone accounts for less than 3 per cent of the global smartphone market, it perhaps wouldn't be too traumatic for the firm to walk out from ARM and adopt Intel's x86. It's not like Microsoft has much to lose, or legions of manufacturing partners like Google does with Android. While HTC and Samsung have both supported Windows Phone in the past, it is Microsoft itself - via its soon-to-be-retired Nokia brand - which produces the vast majority of handsets running its OS. Therefore, switching over to Intel shouldn't present too much of a risk.

And the benefits should be more than worth it. Should Microsoft's plan succeed, it will be the first time that users will truly have cross-platform compatibility. While Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 10 on mobile will have a different, finger-friendly UI, it will essentially be the exact same software, so you'll be able to run everything on your phone that you can on your desktop PC. That also means that sharing data between the two will be seamless - or at least more seamless than we're accustomed to on the likes of iOS and Android.

The big question mark is Intel itself; can the manufacturer rise to the challenge and produce hardware which is good enough to take down the ubiquitous might of ARM? The answer could well be yes, as Intel is already gaining market share in the Android sector thanks to its partnerships with the likes of Asus and Motorola, both of which have produced Atom-based Android phones recently. Intel could find itself benefitting greatly from Windows 10, because if the OS becomes popular on mobile platforms, it could well be the main supplier of chips.



Posted: 2014-10-07 17:56:11
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hihihans Posts: > 500

It's kindo the same as what Apple is doing. ios and osx are coming closer and closer to each other. Mobile devices are too powerful to not do this. I'm just not yet sure if I'm happy with it.
Posted: 2014-10-07 23:25:55
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cu015170 Posts: > 500

Its going to be interesting to see how they plan on merging WP and Windows RT in terms of UX...

On 2014-10-07 23:25:55, hihihans wrote:
It's kindo the same as what Apple is doing. ios and osx are coming closer and closer to each other. Mobile devices are too powerful to not do this. I'm just not yet sure if I'm happy with it.

iOS and OSX are two completely different operating systems.. they play well with each other, but they are not very close in terms of architecture.

All of Windows runs on the same kernel, in essence, its all the same operating system but with different UI for different screen sizes.
Posted: 2014-10-08 02:21:40
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beab987 Posts: 1

I need a help from this community, actually, I am getting the error code 0x8024a105 in the windows after the upgrade the windows 10. Can anyone tell me how it can be solved? According to the[....]dows-10-error-code-0x8024a105/ I also restart the system but it is not working.
[ This Message was edited by: beab987 on 2018-11-19 21:57 ]

Posted: 2018-11-19 22:45:26
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HunterWrigh Posts: 10

I think that Windows on a smartphone is terrible.
Posted: 2020-02-04 18:41:49
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