Microsoft, Intel Don’t Entirely Agree on Next Windows

Intel had one key mission at its analyst meeting this week: convincing investors that it can still catch up to rival ARM Holdings in the mobile market. One of its arguments seems to have miffed longtime partner Microsoft.

Chips based on ARM designs power Apple’s popular iPhone and iPad devices and devices that run Google’s Android software. Intel’s perceived momentum took another blow in January, when Microsoft said the next version of its mainstream Windows operating system will for the first time work on ARM chips as well as the x86 design sold by Intel and AMD.

Renee James, who runs Intel’s sizeable software efforts, took pains Tuesday to counter the perception that the forthcoming Windows 8 product is a problem for Intel.

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