Are there any plans for ArcGIS Desktop or ArcMap to get the GPS Coordinates via the 'Windows Location Provider' in Windows 7/8 instead of reading a virtual com port?
From a review of this ArcGIS Forum Discussion it looks like Esri are working on it. My recommendation is to also pursue it through your local support and ArcGIS Ideas if that does not meet your requirement.
It's available in the ArcPad 10.2 Beta if that helps.
Wanting to share, this here works.
Just installed the updated version in the forums.