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1 Microsoft to leave smartbooks to Google on Thu Jun 04, 2009 6:30 pm

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Microsoft's decision not to offer a version of Windows for smartbooks leaves the market wide open to Linux, Android, and other operating systems

Microsoft doesn't plan to offer a version of Windows for so-called "smartbooks," leaving the space open to Linux, Google's Android and other operating systems.

Smartbooks are a new class of device built around ARM-based chips from companies like Qualcomm, Freescale, and Texas Instruments. A number of PC makers are working on smartbook designs, which are targeted at the space between smartphones and netbooks.

Microsoft's mainstream Windows operating systems are designed to run on the x86 instruction set used by Intel, and AMD and won't run on the ARM-based processors used in the new machines. The company has no plans to port a PC version of Windows over to the ARM core, said Steve Guggenheimer, who runs Microsoft's original equipment manufacturer division, in an interview at the Computex trade show in Taipei.

More: http://www.infoworld.com/d/windows/microsoft-leave-smartbooks-google-927?source=IFWNLE_nlt_firstlook_2009-06-03


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