Windows 8 ARM Version Will Have Built-In Office Apps And Access To Desktop Mode

Posted Feb 9, 2012

Microsoft Corporation has revealed that Windows on ARM (WOA) computers are still under development, but PC manufacturing companies will ship them at the same time as PCs designed for x86 / 64. The Windows 8 ARM devices will have a built-in version of Office 15 with access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. The Office applications will be desktop versions of the software.

The desktop mode of Windows on ARM (WOA) will remain and will give Windows 8 tablet users access to the File Explorer, Internet Explorer 10, and other Windows desktop features. This is Microsoft’s way of making sure that the Intel-based tablets are similar to their ARM based counterparts.

Developers will need to build Metro style apps for ARM. However Microsoft revealed today that WOA will not support running, emulating, or porting x86/64 desktop apps. Microsoft worked closely with their partners to create WOA. Microsoft did not officially announce Windows 8 ARM hardware, but revealed that some WOA hardware will be made available to developers at next major release of Windows 8.