Microsoft Works on Software for ARM-Based Servers

By: Radu Tyrsina
2 minute read

According to a recent story from Bloomberg, Microsoft is working on a version of its software for server computers that run on chips based on ARM Holdings’s technology. Find out more details about this below.
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Microsoft is looking to be less dependent on Intel by running its software on ARM-based servers. According to some people familiar with the matter, it seems that Microsoft has a test version of Windows Server that’s already running on ARM-based servers.
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At the moment, however, Microsoft hasn’t decided whether to make the software commercially available or not. Microsoft currently has a server operating system for use on Intel’s X86 technology-based processors but an ARM-based version of Windows Server could help challenge Intel’s dominance.

ARM is known for its domination in mobile-phone chips and Intel for its processors used in servers that run on personal-computer chips. Previously, HP and other big tech companies hinted that ARM-based chips have a place in servers, as they can innovating in power savings and price.

Hewlett-Packard currently has a version of its Moonshot server running on ARM-based processors from Applied Micro Circuits Corp. One of the reasons why early ARM-based server chips didn’t manage to compete with Intel made is because they lacked fundamental capabilities needed in servers and there wasn’t even enough software available.

ARM servers are said to be energy efficient in hyperscale data centers; so, as ARM tries to give Intel a run in server chips, Intel does the same in mobile. And if ARM servers prove to be really a good alternative, then a Windows Server version for the ecosystem would constitute a great Microsoft alternative to Linux.

So, if the ARM-based Surface RT was quite a flop, maybe Microsoft can have more success with an ARM-based server.

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