Microsoft Corp has begun work on a new version of its Windows Operating system designed specifically for low power electronics, according to reports.
The operating system is said to work with processors produced by UK tech company ARM holdings PLC. It represents a major deviation for the Windows OS, which is synonomous with the x86 format and Intel processors.
ARM processors are commonly found in tablet computers and smartphones, most notably the recently released Samsung Nexus S.
A story published in the Wall Street Journal yesterday said sources close to Microsoft had been working on the ARM project for some time.