Well here's an interesting development. According to a Bloomberg report, Microsoft plans to announce a version of Windows that will run on ARM processors for the first time ever.
Assuming Bloomberg's sources know what they're talking about, Microsoft will make the stunning announcement at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month. The sources say the specialized version of Windows would be customized for battery-powered devices, like tablet PCs and other handhelds.
This would be great news for ARM, whose stock rose 6.6 percent after word got out, but what about Intel? The upcoming software will also work with Intel and AMD processors, both of which would like to tap into the emerging tablet market. Intel has already made a push with its Atom processor line, but this would clearly benefit ARM more than any other chip maker.