Listening to Intel's CEO Paul Otellini over the last couple of months, one can't help but wonder whether Windows 8 isn't coming sooner rather than later.
Sooner as in not next year (as in October?) Next year being a scenario .
And I do mean Windows 8 on the tried and true Intel and Advanced Micro Devices X86 platform--not ARM necessarily--as that's all Otellini cares about.
Otellini's chipperness started back in November when heinto tablets--or what is now being referred to as ultrabook convertibles.
He maintained this enthusiasm on Thursday when he blurted out, in response to an analyst's query, that Windows 8 tablets.
Let's be clear: Otellini isn't some analyst trying to read tea leaves. He's the hardware half of Wintel and might just know a little something about the real status of Windows 8.
And what about Windows 8 on ARM chips? After running around for five days at CES trying to ferret out live, public demonstrations of Windows 8 ARM tablets, I came away disappointed. Qualcomm--a close Microsoft partner whose "Snapdragon" ARM chips power Windows phones--made it crystal clear to me that they weren't demonstrating anything Windows 8 related at CES.
Nvidia was showing Windows 8 tablets but touching them was a no-no (unless you were bold enough to break the glass they were encased in).the most revealing demo I've seen of Windows on ARM (WoA) that wasn't that revealing: it consisted of scrolling (for a whole 30 seconds) through the front-door content of a major news site.
And remember, back in September at the Build conference, Microsoft handed out Intel Core i5-powered Samsung tablets running a Windows 8 Developer Preview. So, that Intel-based Win 8 platform has been out there for some time already.
So, will it roll out in October on Intel-AMD only? With ARM coming later? Willing to make a guess?