Microsoft opts for ARM licence

Microsoft has taken an architectural licence for the ARM architecture, allowing it in principle to make customised versions of the ARM processor family.

“Microsoft is an important member of the ARM ecosystem, and has been for many years,” said Mike Muller, CTO of ARM. “With this architecture license, Microsoft will be at the forefront of applying and working with ARM technology in concert with a broad range of businesses addressing multiple application areas.”
 
“ARM is an important partner for Microsoft and we deliver multiple operating systems on the company’s architecture, most notably Windows Embedded and Windows Phone,” said KD Hallman, general manager at Microsoft. “With closer access to the ARM technology we will be able to enhance our research and development activities for ARM-based products.”
 
Details of the agreement will remain confidential.

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