Tony Smith at The Register:
Intel CEO Paul Otellini today pledged to permit handheld users to run Windows Vista on their palmtops by the end of the decade.
Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer may none be too happy that his Wintel colleague is setting out to rid the world of Windows Mobile but that’s the way it goes. And anyway, Steve Jobs is a customer too, now.
Otellini’s pitch was a new generation of devices he dubbed the ‘handtop’. The platform is nothing new, of course – PDAs, palmtops and handheld PCs have been around for years – but past attempts to create truly mobile, wireless micro PCs have been hindered by performance and battery life limitations.
Otellini said Intel’s new focus on “performance per watt” will remove those limits.
It’s the Intel Developer Forum and so we’ll be hearing a variety of bright futures:
Over the course of the next three days, you’ll be transported so far into the future you may never want to come back.
I’m afraid that a handheld gadget running Vista isn’t going to do it for me – my mobile form factor remains a pad of paper and a pencil. Someday maybe I can get a tablet PC that truly replaces it.