Ballmer’s announcement that Windows 8 will support Arm processor was, from my point of view, the biggest news at CES 2011.
Windows 8 will be compatible with ARM-based systems from Qualcomm, Nvidia and Texas Instruments. You can now imagine to have a Windows / Tegra2 tablet or a Windows / Snapdragon smartbook.This is a great advance for these chip manufacturers and a setback for Intel. The old Wintel couple seems to split away, with Intel working with Nokia on Meego, their common linux platform.
The 2012 chipset battleground will look quite different:
As the OS battleground will look different too, whith windows and chrome OS ready for the fight :
Frontiers are blurring, with a main reason: the future of PC lies both in always-connected and tablet.