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Windows 8 on Intel will be tough to beat
Intel will be as strong as ever despite the emergence of an alternative platform for Windows 8.

That's my forecast after bouncing between Northern and Southern California this week and attending two major tech

conferences--the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco and the BUILD conference in Anaheim.

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listened to plenty of analysts, experts, and industry people. Though the tablet and laptop threat from the ARM camp of

Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and Nvidia is real, I believe Microsoft and ARM hardware companies have a pretty high mountain

to climb.

Texas Instruments' tablet running Windows 8 at the Microsoft BUILD conference was nice to look at but not accessible--it,

like Qualcomm's tablet, was kept safely behind glass. Not so for the Intel-based Windows 8 tablet that was distributed, and

accessible, to everyone.

(Credit: Brooke Crothers)
Let's look at the evidence.

Exhibit A: The lacoste polo first Windows 8 tablet. The Samsung tablet that

Microsoft distributed at the BUILD conference was based on an Intel processor not ARM. Ironically, most tablets have ARM

processors inside because ARM's power envelope is much more suited to thin, small devices.

But that didn't happen, because Windows 8 is not ready for ARM. Yes, Windows 8 will be ready for tablets/laptops using

processors from Qualcomm et al next year, but this is the first sign that Windows 8 running on ARM is not going to be easy.

Exhibit B: Compatibility. A corollary of Exhibit A, Microsoft has said the broad compatibility on Intel-AMD won't extend to

ARM. So, that obscure (or maybe not so obscure) Windows application that a business needs may not run on ARM. In other

words, Windows as we know it (broad backward compatibility) will be there, as always, for Intel/AMD but not for ARM. At

least not at the beginning.

In fact the best burberry scarf argument made to me was by a Wall Street

analyst (speaking on background so I can't give his name). When businesses buy a Windows 8 tablet, they will probably buy

Wintel (Windows-Intel): that's because they'll get assured compatibility and security. Most businesses will not take a

chance on an ARM-based tablet, however inexpensive and power efficient.

And businesses may not even opt for a tablet. Buy late 2012, early 2013 (when Windows 8 is expected) Intel-based Ultrabooks

may be close enough to a tablet experience (who knows what an Ultrabook will look like in 2013) that the tablet, as we know

it today, may not be as attractive--or necessary.

This argument, however, doesn't apply to consumers. The price for an Ultrabook will have to come down to below $800 (dare I

say $700?) to compete with a Windows 8 ARM laptop.

Exhibit C: Performance. Intel is all about performance. An Ultrabook based on the Haswell chip in 2013 will be an extremely

attractive option lacoste sale compared with a Windows 8 tablet from, let's say,

Acer running on a Qualcomm chip. That's not to say that an ARM-based tablet or laptop will be slow, but Intel will have the

upper hand in performance. And count on Intel (and AMD) having all-day battery life to boot. (It bears repeating, though,

that if there is a big price gap between an inexpensive Windows 8 ARM laptop and a pricier Windows 8 Ultrabook, performance

may not matter.)

Which brings us to an Intel weakness: Atom. Let's face it, that power-efficient Intel chip design does not seem destined to

compete very effectively in the tablet space. At least not in the next 12 months. And this was made very clear to me at

BUILD. I asked a person from Samsung why it opted to go with a Core i5 chip--not Atom--for the Windows 8 tablet. To

paraphrase, this person said Atom was way too slow and simply not an option.
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