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  • khitchdee khitchdee Mar 25, 2013 12:06 PM Flag

    The right target for Windows RT: laptops

    Recent reports suggest Microsoft is preparing its next version of the OS, Blue for RT. As the first version, Win RT was a tightly controlled release with Microsoft supporting a handful of hardware platforms for the OS. Microsoft made an error in assuming that in the tablet form factor, it could compete with the iPad. With Blue and going forward, Microsoft has the opportunity to correct that error. With growing app support for RT, I think Microsoft should target low cost laptops that provide bare bones productivity in a Macbook Air like form factor. Here, it would find a much larger and far less contested market for its products. The closest competition would be Google's Chromebook and with even slightly robust app support, it could offer good value to end users through native apps that could be run offline. If it went this route, this would be the first example of good enough computing based on low cost low power ARM based SoCs.

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    • Intel May Get Some Love From Google and 2 Chip Stocks To Note Now

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      March 25, 2013

      Intel (NASDAQ:INTC): It seems that Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) has started to prepare for the release of Chromebooks considering Intel’s upcoming Haswell processor, ZDNet reports. Last week, Google software engineer Stefan Reinauer, who works on boot code for Chromebooks’ ChromeOS, committed Haswell-related code changes to Coreboot, which si a fast boot open source BIOS replacement for Linux systems. Google Chrome OS vendor support was added to Coreboot last year, and Reinauer wrote: “Google’s Chrome OS can be booted super fast and safely using Coreboot”. Reinauer’s new Haswell-related code commits this week included haswell: use dynamic cbmem and haswell boards: support added chromeos function. Haswell is the codename for Intel’s anticipated 22nm chip, whose low power drain is targeted at mobile devices. According to Intel, Haswell-based devices could possibly get double the battery life versus devices using its third generation Ivy Bridge processors.
      Along with Google's Pixal and it's Ivy Bridge, Google continues to destroy the theory that low performance devices will run the cloud in the future.