Windows 8 on ARM-based CPUs will support the traditional Windows desktop experience, but old apps will not be supported (WOA doesn’t support running, emulating, or porting existing x86/64 desktop apps). ARM-based devices will be focus on Metro style apps, which are those built under WinRT — President of the Windows and Windows Live Division at Microsoft Steven Sinofsky explains. But not to be so worried, at first WOA will include a built-in desktop version of the new Office 15 that will enable users to use Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint. Also Internet Explorer, Windows Explorer to access files, and other Windows desktop features that are commonly used will be supported at launch. Now, this is not going to be a piece of software that you will be able to buy, Microsoft has worked intensively with many of its manufacture partners to build Windows on ARM, and it is only be available exclusively with new devices. Even though, the software maker didn’t make any announcements on which hardware what will run WOA, they said that some hardware ARM-based, of course, will be available for developers at the upcoming Windows 8 ‘Consumer Preview’ event on February 29.

Windows 8 on ARM based devices video demo:

In this video released by Microsoft, you can learn more details about WOA, plus you’ll get a glimpse of how Office 15 is looking so far. Moreover, as we reported earlier this week — Windows 8 ‘Consumer Preview’ preinstalled apps list revealed –, you can also get a sneak peek on the new Windows 8 Mail, Calendar, Photo Metro style apps that will come preinstalled in the next milestone of Microsoft OS.   Source Building Windows 8 blog All content on this site is provided with no warranties, express or implied. Use any information at your own risk. Always backup of your device and files before making any changes. Privacy policy info.