Uh Oh Microsoft, AMD Wants to See Other OSes (Android and Chrome)

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Peanut Fox

AMD moving to Android based systems means they'll be up against the likes of Qualcomm, nVida, and Intel. They better bring their A game and leave Bulldozer at home.

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warptek2010

Absolutely nothing wrong with Bulldozer or Piledriver for that matter. In fact, if those chips had a lighter load to balance like Android (their SOC equivalents, that is) as an example, they'd essentially turn into I7 powerhouses.

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Renegade Knight

Intel and AMD should both have enough design prowess to compete with the low power chip companies. AMD though doesn't have the same baggage that intel does with Atom's reputation.

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vrmlbasic

Didn't AMD already make hardware that could run Android? I have this memory kicking around that they did the legwork for the Snapdragon chip and, in desperation, had to sell it to Qualcomm.

I have no interest in a "PC" that runs the bastardized Linux that is Android. I barely tolerate it for a phone OS, which is fitting as it barely suffices as a phone OS.

BTW, if Windows 8 isn't the spectacular success that M$ wishes it were then why did GMail's last app update make it look like a "metro" knockoff?

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Peanut Fox

Metro was around long before Windows 8 showed up. The first "real" taste of Metro I can remember was on the Zune HD, and the Zune desktop application.

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SMAH

Every device launched with it ended up a major failure.... Zune, Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 8, and now Windows 8. That's some record.

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lostcause64

Barney Fife - Prototype for modern mall security...

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jgottberg

I hear all the doom and gloom about MS but the thing is, what they sell on the backend for enterprises dwarfs PC OS sales. Even is MS lost the desktop OS crown to another OS, it would be YEARS before a replacement to the Windows Server infrastructure went away along with SQL server, HyperV, IIS, etc...

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SMAH

If Microsoft lost its monopoly of the desktop client, its server offerings wouldn't last very long. That is because Unix and Linux servers already offer the server features that Microsoft server offerings offer, but at much lower cost and higher performance levels, and with greater security and stability, and with much greater operational and licensing flexibility.

Companies that use servers without Windows client desktops in conjunction, like Google, Amazon, Yahoo, Facebook, Cisco, NYSE, LSE etc. never use MS Windows servers - instead they go for Linux, FreeBSD, or other Unix variants. Companies that use Microsoft Windows servers only do so because it is easier to connect to and manage Windows desktop clients using Windows server products, or because they need to run Windows desktop apps on a Windows Terminal server.

If Microsoft was to lose its Windows desktop, its server market would collapse very quickly - except maybe for selling Windows Terminal servers to allow other clients like Chromebooks or iPads to run legacy Windows apps on a corporate server. This would only be a short term sales prospect, because app vendors would then stop writing Windows apps, and start to replace them with HTML5 apps which are more efficient and better suited to client-server operation than desktop Windows and RDP.

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Xenite

Funny to think AMD could be the saving grace, as they have already said that they would like to replace DirectX with a new API of their own design.

That is what could push game development onto new OS's.

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pixelpopper

This is not new, AMD has been behind Android development for some time now. I tried one of their "brazos" builds of android x86 early last year and played with booting my system to flash drive. It was kind of cool to see, but there wasnt any real functionality to it at the time.

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