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Windows 8 on Intel will be tough to beat

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Intel will be as strong as ever despite the emergence of an alternative platform for Windows 8.

That's my forecast after bouncing between Northern and Southern California this week and attending two major tech conferences--the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco and the BUILD conference in Anaheim.

In the course of three days, I spoke with and listened to plenty of analysts, experts, and industry people. Though the tablet and laptop threat from the ARM camp of Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and Nvidia is real, I believe Microsoft and ARM hardware companies have a pretty high mountain to climb.

Let's look at the evidence.

Exhibit A: The first Windows 8 tablet. The Samsung tablet that Microsoft distributed at the BUILD conference was based on an Intel processor not ARM. Ironically, most tablets have ARM processors inside because ARM's power envelope is much more suited to thin, small devices.

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