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August 23, 2005

Intel promises Windows Vista on handhelds

Posted by David Hunter at 5:33 PM ET.

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.

Filed under Hardware, Intel, New Form Factors, Windows Mobile, Windows Vista

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2 Responses to “Intel promises Windows Vista on handhelds”

  1. OnTheRun: Using Mobile Devices Since They Weighed 30 lbs Says:

    Intel promises WindowsVista on handhelds

    Intel CEO Paul Otellini has pledged to have WindowsVista running on handhelds by the end of the decade

  2. Microsoft News Tracker » Are you ready for an “ultramobile lifestyle PC?” Says:

    [...] It sounds a little like an Intel “handtop” and I guess I’ll have to see it to believe it. As usual, the hardest part is probably the battery life. Filed under Hardware, Partner Program, New Form Factors Listen to this article   [Permalink] [...]

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