Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th Aug 2009 21:40 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems G. Pascal Zachary has written a very interesting article about the importance of Google's Chrome OS announcement, and what the move to the cloud (internet!) could mean for Microsoft and the operating system in general. I do think he missed an important part of the possible consequences of the move towards the cloud: the hardware.
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Sounds nice, but...
by Drumhellar on Mon 10th Aug 2009 23:56 UTC
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Google announces an OS, thus killing Microsoft and the whole x86 ecosystem. That was quick.

Sarcasm aside, x86 is way too entrenched, not only on the desktop, but in the server market, too. This means lots of money for Intel (and a little bit for AMD), which of course reinvests that money in x86, making the chips even better.

There isn't anything from anybody that is in a position to compete. PPC is dead on the desktop. ARM isn't here, either. (A handful of netbooks doesn't count). Just because something different exists doesn't mean people will flock to it for the sake of being different. After all, I can still by UltraSPARC laptops. Whoop-de-do.

No, x86 isn't going anywhere for a long, long time. For that matter, neither is Windows.

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