Wintel on a rough patch
Is the end of the long heralded Wintel Platform nigh? Or so it seems. Click here for an earlier post on Wintel failing to ride the future.
Microsoft’s big announcement that came this CES was that it was making the next version of Windows work on ARM chips. It’s a major break in Microsoft’s longstanding relationship with Intel. On the other hand, Intel has nothing significant about its Smartphone or Tablet plans at CES. However, Intel has reportedly reorganized itself with a new tablet and netbook group and is splitting its tablet strategy between Windows, Google’s Android, and Nokia’s MeeGo operating systems.
Microsoft parting ways with Intel has touched a nerve with Intel. Citing a lack of foresight on the part of Microsoft, Intel has commented that PC makers like Dell and Intel had been trying to get Microsoft to tailor Windows for touch-screen tablets for years, with no luck. This was because revamping Windows for different types of devices is expensive and time-consuming, and Windows revenue had been growing just fine without Microsoft venturing into newer categories. Tablets only became a problem for Microsoft when non-Windows tablets started cutting into Windows PC sales. That’s starting to happen now, which is why Microsoft is finally taking notice. Is it too late? Microsoft has a couple of good concepts in Kinect and Surface and that could be leveraged going forward, but from the looks of it now, Microsoft’s inability in predicting the future in computing may cause it to loose ground in Tablets.
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