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Arm deal 'will end Microsoft and Intel's dominance'

Jan 10, 2011, 20:04 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Arthur)

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""Unthinkable," said Horace Dedlu, a former manager at Nokia. "These actions confirm the end of the PC era." Steve Ballmer, the head of Microsoft, had just told the giant Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas that the next version of its Windows operating system, used on about 90% of the world's PCs, would run on chips made by the British company Arm.

"Great news then for the British company, whose shares spiked, and Ballmer also presented it as good for Microsoft, whose products are used by a billion people around the world.

"But as Dedlu sees it, Microsoft has been herded into the move to Arm by huge changes in the computing market that will see power shift from the makers of PCs to the manufacturers of tablet computers."

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