Also Microsoft has shown off  the new version of Windows operating system running in Intel x86 and ARM architecture, and they were capable of delivering good support in different scenarios like hardware-accelerated web browsing, hardware-accelerated graphics and media playback, printing, and USB device support among other features. Additionally, there is going to be a version of Microsoft Office that is able to run natively on ARM-based systems. So, why SoC architectures are important? They are important because packaging the major computing components into a single chip will enable us to have thinner, smaller devices while reducing power consumption which can increase battery life, and makes possible better device functionality.

SoC chip in a full featured motherboard  

Snapdragon ARM PC running Windows natively  

Microsoft Office 2010 running in a Windows PC with ARM   “With today’s announcement, we’re showing the flexibility and resiliency of Windows through the power of software and a commitment to world-class engineering. We continue to evolve Windows to deliver the functionality customers demand across the widest variety of hardware platforms and form factors,” said Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live Division at Microsoft.

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