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Intel's Moorestown Could Be Game Changer for the Chip Maker

Apr 01, 2010, 07:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Henry Kingman)

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"Like Microsoft, Intel is often seen as an "800 pound gorilla," beating its chest atop a mountain of fallen foes. Yet, neither Intel nor Microsoft gained stature defending ground.

"When desktop publishing proved a single file management metaphor (folders) could work pervasively across a whole OS, Microsoft ate Apple's lunch, with Windows 95. When the Internet era showed browsing mattered, Microsoft wasn't caught napping long.

"For Intel's part, the displacement of desktops by notebooks was a biggie. Another example? The Internet server boom opened the door to all kinds of RISCy ventures, before Intel gained the upper hand. Then it chased the pretenders a ways up trail, contesting high-performance computing via Itanium. That'll teach 'em.

"So it's kind of an irony, but Intel and Microsoft have stayed on top not by defending territory, but by winning or competing well in important emerging segments."

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