Microsoft Licenses ARM technology

An interesting development has emerged in the mobile front with Microsoft being the newest licensee with the low-power chip company. ARM architecture processors have been used for low-power consumer products for many years and can be found on various mobile devices such as the Motorola Droid series and is also the basis for Apple’s A4.

Whats interesting about this license is that since ARM itself doesn’t actually develop the processors, it suggests that Microsoft, like Apple did with the A4, is planning to develop a chip of their own. This also means they might be shifting their mobile version of Windows 7 to run exclusively on RISC and away from their x86/x64 cousins, setting up a barrier should Intel make a move.