While all the attention was on Windows 8’s preview this week I wonder whether the real end-user operating news wasn’t happening elsewhere. To be exact, I think Google and Intel’s announcement that Android was coming to the Intel chip family will end up being the bigger news.
My fellow ZDNet writer James Kendrick touches on this when he says that, besides Intel and Google themselves, the winners of this deal include “OEMs already fluently speaking Intel yet not already on the Android team.” You know, those companies like Dell that have been speaking fluent Windows for the last couple of decades.
I’m not suggesting that Android will challenge Windows on the desktop. No, I think Google’s Chrome OS can spell trouble for desktop Windows, but not Android. Not yet anyway.