It has been reported that the computing giant has signed a new agreement to continue its close working relationship with the leading processor manufacturer ARM.
This announcement means that the firm will gain further access to the ARM architecture which is used in Windows Embedded CE and Windows Mobile (and Phone) smartphone devices.
Mike Muller, CTO of ARM, explained in his statement:
“Microsoft is an important member of the ARM ecosystem, and has been for many years.
“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 architecture is already licensed to Marvell, Qualcomm, and Infineon, with these firms also having extra access to the processor blueprints and instruction set of the technology.
Speaking about the extension to the deal, KD Hallman, general manager for Microsoft, revealed that it should allow the company to improve its “research and development activities for ARM-based products.”
Hallman also added that “ARM is an important partner for Microsoft.”
This is certainly good news for Microsoft as it bids to take on smartphone rivals Apple with its new Windows Phone 7 mobile system available later in the year.