ballmerandroidLAS VEGAS — Intel tonight confirmed plans to offer processors that support devices running both Microsoft Windows and Android operating systems, a further erosion of the classic “Wintel” partnership that defined the personal computer industry during the heyday of the Windows PC.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced the plan during the pre-show keynote at CES in Las Vegas, which for years was the speaking slot reserved for Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates.

The announcement demonstrates the industry’s ongoing attempt to look for alternatives to Windows on a variety of devices. However, it’s not clear that there’s much consumer demand for the ability to switch quickly between Android and Windows on devices. It feels like more of a novelty than anything else.

Of course, Microsoft could always try to make lemonade out of lemons here, and seek patent licensing fees from Intel as it has with Android device makers.

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  • Mike_Acker

    the transition begins…

  • TeaPartyCitizen

    If two OSes is greater than one then three OSes are greater that two and four OSes are greater than three and five OSes are greater than four and six OSes are greater than five and seven OSes is greater than six and eight OSes are greater than seven and nine OSes are greater than eight and ten OSes is greater than nine and eleven OSes is greater than ten and I don’t see this stopping guys. Someone has got to invent the infinite OS. An OS which is better than an infinite number of OSes times and infinite number of OSes times infinity.

  • Chips_B_Malroy

    What would be interesting would be Android and GNU/Linux distro dual booting, instead of that malware target known as Windows. Also this configuration would eliminate the cost of the windows licence or tax.

  • seventhson74

    Retaliation for Windows Phone 8 and Windows RT? Probably for RT…

  • Someone

    Damn this mac…

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