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Posted at 9:47 AM ET, 12/22/2010

Microsoft hints at new version of Windows

By Hayley Tsukayama

No official announcements yet, but sources briefed on Microsoft's plans told the Wall Street Journal told Bloomberg that the company is planning to move away from its long-standing relationship with chip manufacturer Intel.

According to the article, Microsoft been working on a version of Windows running on ARM-based microprocessors, which consume less power than Intel chips. Sources say Microsoft is planning to show off a new version of its Windows operating system at the Consumer Electronics Show next month. The system is expected to be available in two years.

Another interesting tidbit from the article: One source said Microsoft will be moving to make Windows more "modular," so that parts of the OS can be jettisoned for faster performance on smaller devices such as tablets.

"They're desperate to show they're in the game," one of the people familiar with Microsoft said.

Windows 8, the next big version of the Microsoft operating system, is expected in 2012.

Correction: An earlier version of the story incorrectly attributed the scoop to The Wall Street Journal. A link to Bloomberg's story has been added and the attribution corrected.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 22, 2010; 9:47 AM ET
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Windows has been cross platform for awhile. Since NT, which ran on the DEC Alpha. CE (and variants) runs on several platforms.

Posted by: wiredog | December 22, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

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