Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Oct 2006 21:09 UTC
Microsoft For more than two decades, Microsoft's software and Intel's processors were so wedded that the pairing came to be known as Wintel. But as that computing era wanes, Microsoft is turning to a new source of chip design: its own labs.
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RE: Okay.... why?
by kamil_chatrnuch on Fri 20th Oct 2006 18:05 UTC in reply to "Okay.... why?"
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Why would Microsoft turn to its own labs to come up with chips?

because they can?
seriously, they have the money and the playroom to experiment with different hardware designs, that they think might be of benefit.

Are they planning on pulling an Apple?

i don't think so, but they might try to put the next xbox into that position [of course while leaving the traditional markets intact]. it's a perfect play field to experiment with all kinds of hw & os designs, as it's normally build from scratch anyway.

...where would that leave players like Dell, HP and other major computer vendors?

for hw non-xbox tech - it would leave them on the side of licensees.

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