I'm in the audience of Microsoft's Partner Preview for Computex 2011, basically an event to give a sneak peak of the future of Windows to press and MS partners here in Taipei.

Of course I'm talking about Windows 8. On stage there are several systems running a wide variety of hardware. Microsoft has machines from AMD, Intel, NVIDIA (presumably a Tegra 2 or Kal-El notebook?), Qualcomm and Texas Instruments. That's five players when Windows 7 really only launched on platforms from two different silicon vendors. 

We've got a race here folks and it's anyone's game. Intel has the lionshare of traditional PCs, but Qualcomm is really the Intel of the ultra mobile world. How this race plays out over the next two years is going to be very interesting. With five players here today, you can expect that list to dwindle over time. Remember when there were 4 players in the x86 CPU race?
 
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  • StormyParis - Thursday, June 2, 2011 - link

    I don't really understand your question. Android is ROM-based, yet rootable and multiboot capable. What's the issue ? Reply
  • dagamer34 - Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - link

    My biggest worry is that tablets should NEVER see the classic desktop UI as it's not touch friendly and introduces way too much cruft. On an ARM chip with no legacy apps, there should be ZERO reason for it to ever pop up. Reply
  • StormyParis - Thursday, June 2, 2011 - link

    except when you dock your tablet ? I definitely intend to do that a lot when I make the jump, and looking at the couple of tablet users around me, they should, too. Anything beyond pure content consumption really benefits form a keyboard and mouse, event typing short mails or forum posts. Reply
  • Chloiber - Thursday, June 2, 2011 - link

    As long as you really never see the classic UI in normal "tablet usage", that would be great. Reply
  • marioyohanes - Thursday, June 2, 2011 - link

    This is great news! I'm sick with all those Apple's copycat products! Apple needs a serious contender, the one that will change the game, so, Windows 8 is a great example!
    Can't wait to see Microsoft finally launch Windows 8!
    Reply
  • sarge78 - Thursday, June 2, 2011 - link

    If ARM powered devices are successful on W8 couldn't there be more manufactures not less?
    Cheap ARM reference SoC manufactures (like Rockchip etc) could come to dominate the low end.
    Reply
  • chinmayvs - Monday, June 13, 2011 - link

    oh my ! when wil win 8 come out Reply
  • crispbp04 - Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - link

    If you guys remember the
    in the late 90's there were these:

    1) Intel Pentium/Celeron

    2) AMD K6/Athlon (K7)

    3) Cyrix 6x86 (licenced by IBM)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyrix_6x86

    4) IDT WinChip (AKA Centaur.. later consumed by VIA)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WinChip
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