Thank you dear sir for exposing this guy as a total idiot. The reason he spends his life on a message board instead of solving real problems is because he isn't technical enough. Thank you for coming over here periodically to put him back in his place.
'But x86 still has a good decade in it before it succumbs to the ARM ISA... The end result is INtel builds ARM SOCs, or opens their fabs for others to...'
x86 has been successfully fighting and beating off the ARM ISA since the 1980s when the latter retreated into embedded after failing to beat x86 in PCs. Customers will choose the winners not the World's OEMs, it's called commercial capitalism and there is nothing on ARM's cpu roadmap to suggest that customers will suddenly be picking ARM chips to replace Intel x86 chips in notebooks/desktops/servers and it won't even be close as it's going to remain a shutout for Intel over ARM. AMD is currently dying because it has not really progressed beyond its Athlon64 performance of 10 years ago, ARM producing a similar performing chip in a couple years time will not get any volume customers attention. ARM is just hype, MIPS would have had a better chance architecturally but no-one seems interested in developing software for it.
"Microsoft is porting to ARM"........I can hear his response now, LOL. The ARM marketing department gives him standard comeback answers that he sticks with...no knowledge whatsoever about what he's talking about, just an answer for everything.
Microsoft also ported to Itanium, how did that turn out when customers ignored it en-masse despite all the World's OEMs pushing it ? Windows dropped Itanium support a decade later. MSFT is only using ARM to get into phones and tablets not because it wants to replace x86 in its traditional markets.