Chances are, tablets with Windows 8 operating system running actively on x86 will apparently have a slight edge over others with the same operating system running on ARM, if reports are to go by with.
Now, Intel has already announced that they are all set and ready to launch their series of tablet efforts with Windows 8 drivers. And as such, one of the primary benefits that can fairly lighten their load is the fact that there will probably be more of x86 tablets immediately post the final launch of Windows 8 as compared to that of ARM tablets. The simple reason being the familiarity factor with the x86 for most PC manufacturers and developers.
Windows 8 Tablets on x86 against ones on ARM
Companies such as HP, Dell, Toshiba, Acer and Asus have also contributed to this fact with their eagerness at working with x86 in getting on the current tablet market. Beyond that lies the certainty that Intel is bringing out a series of special chips that are going to be pushed for the tablet and ultra portable market.
Additionally, bringing in extra leverage is the desktop side of Windows 8, which as rumored can only be fully realized on an x86 machine. This is especially true because ARM is incompatible and has no way of running the legacy software that was built on and for x86 architecture.
Most of the productivity and high end work that goes on in Windows are on software that will instantly become legacy after Windows 8 is launched. So, to run the same, users will need to use x86 machines. However, Microsoft has also done a good job till now of making sure that all current applications running on Windows 7 will run on Windows 8 as well.
In fact, with Windows 8 drivers, the new OS is being built in way that enables any user to perform a direct in-place upgrade. The installers will also automatically advice the user on application compatibility going onward with the upgrade. And in case something goes wrong, there is an automatic roll-back option along with the system restore.
So, this might very well be the time for ARM and Intel to battle it out on the field. But for now, Intel seems to have a slight advantage over ARM by being the largest x86 chipmaker in the world.