Yahoo reports that Microsoft is working hard on its efforts to port Windows to ARM chips so that it can deliver a tablet OS with decent battery life and a new UI, hopefully by June. But with developers still not in the mix with respect to app development, the report notes Microsoft most likely won’t have a viable iPad competitor until 2012 at the earliest.
Citing a source with inside information about Microsoft’s development process, the report relays that Microsoft still hasn’t shared important technical information about their Windows to ARM port with manufacturers who need “low-level access to Windows to write things like device drivers and antivirus software.”
The report continues,
Microsoft has not yet scheduled a Professional Developers’ Conference (PDC) to introduce developers to the new tablet platform. The company typically schedules a PDC whenever it needs to evangelize and share information with developers about an upcoming platform.
Apps are key: nobody buys a tablet for the operating system. Because Windows has never run on ARM before, any app that has been built for Windows will have to be rewritten — not a trivial task. To be any good, apps will also have to be redesigned for the new touch interface.