“The answer in the short term is no,” Laing said, when asked if Microsoft is contemplating an ARM-based Windows Server. The ARM processor has seen a revival in interest over the past few years, because they require less power to run than competitor Intel’s x86 chips. There are 2 major problems with porting ARM chips to run a Server OS.
- Server OS’s are typically written for 64 bit processors. Current ARM processors are limited to 32 bit.
- Having a lower power consuming processor doesn’t really solve too many problems in a server as other components (memory, motherboard etc) are more power intensive.