Windows Software Coming to Android Thanks to Wine

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Do tablets and phones have the processing power to run emulated x86? It's going to be a lot of overhead. Maybe your Win98 apps designed for Pentium II 366 will run OK.

 

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WINE do not emulate CPU, so running WINE on ARM will only manage to run ARM binaries made for ms-windows (this means some applications made for old ms-Windows Mobile), so the only way making WINE for Android to run programs made for ms-Windows x86 would be that the Android was running on a x86 based CPU.

WINE for ARM ain't new, there has been a version for Nokia N900 for quite many years.
 

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[citation][nom]mariusmotea[/nom]Is funny to run x86 programs on Android tablets and Windows RT to run apps only.[/citation]
[citation][nom]quilciri[/nom]Heh beat me to it.Adroid phones running windows desktop software before windows phones...[/citation]
Indeed, this is so ironic, good and bad at the same time. If this ever works well, that`ll teach M$ to stop restricting everything in their software.
 
[citation][nom]_TuxUser_[/nom]WINE do not emulate CPU, so running WINE on ARM will only manage to run ARM binaries made for ms-windows (this means some applications made for old ms-Windows Mobile), so the only way making WINE for Android to run programs made for ms-Windows x86 would be that the Android was running on a x86 based CPU.WINE for ARM ain't new, there has been a version for Nokia N900 for quite many years.[/citation]

Well, emulation could solve that just fine, granted the overhead issue is then potentially brought back and that might be an issue considering the already limited performance on Android devices. Also, there are a few Android phoens using x86 CPUs, so maybe it'll get somewhere anyway.

When you think about it, modern x86 CPUs are mostly RISC CPUs running CISC instructions that are translated into RISC micro-ops, so maybe the WINE for Android could do some more translation than just the Windows to Posix and it could be fine.
 

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I applaud the technical prowess, but given how the vast majority of native windows applications are designed for large desktops, keyboard shortcuts and mice, it seems to me this might just remain a lab experiment with little practical value to end users.
 
umm, thanks tuxuser?

"If Android gains traction on x86-based tablets and other mobile devices, CodeWeavers has a lot of commercial opportunities for pushing the running of Windows software on Android."

 
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There are so many virtual machines that can run on Windows tablet and phones already, why need wine? Virtualbox? VM Player?
 
[citation][nom]olddosboy[/nom][MSFT maybe u should have wine on your windows tablet and phones]There are so many virtual machines that can run on Windows tablet and phones already, why need wine? Virtualbox? VM Player?[/citation]

WINE doesn't have such big impacts on performance and isn't a virtual machine. Those are two big advantages over virtual machines.
 
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