Microsoft details Windows on ARM version of upcoming OS

Windows On ARM

Since the announcement of the upcoming version of Windows, Microsoft seems to have been keeping mum about the Windows on ARM variant, until now that is. This platform will be built over the foundations of the Windows OS and is most likely to share a significant amount of code with the highly anticipated Windows 8 platform.

At present, a handful of applications from Microsoft like mail, calendar, contacts, photos and storage should be supported by the OS. Furthermore, the Windows on ARM build is said to come loaded with Internet Explorer 10 as well as the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote tools. It also supports the Windows desktop experience including the File Explorer. However, the Redmond-based developer hasn’t confirmed the addition of these 2 components to its ARM-based build.

“Using WOA ‘out of the box’ will feel just like using Windows 8 on x86/64. You will sign in the same way. You will start and launch apps the same way. You will use the new Windows Store the same way. You will have access to the intrinsic capabilities of Windows, from the new Start screen and Metro style apps and Internet Explorer, to peripherals, and if you wish, the Windows desktop with tools like Windows File Explorer and desktop Internet Explorer,” stated Steven Sinofsky, President of the Windows Division at Microsoft, on the official Building Windows blog.

According to a post made on the MSDN blog, WOA will feature the same experience that’s derivable through its desktop counterpart. Users should be able to access Metro style apps hosted on Windows Store on both WOA and x86/64 versions of the Windows 8 platform. Besides this, the beta release, otherwise known as the ‘Windows Consumer Preview’ of the upcoming PC OS is expected to be up for download by the end of this month.

Microsoft plans on making Windows on ARM devices available at the same time as the stable release of the Windows 8 OS.