Migrating to a new OS is no trivial task for any enterprise. But if you’re one of Microsoft’s top longtime partners, it might be a little simpler — right?
Not if you’re Intel, one of the high-profile holdouts on Windows Vista. Now that Vista’s been supplanted by Windows 7, Intel’s finally ready to trade up from Windows XP. But now it’s finding that doing so may be tougher than it looks. Datamation has the story.
Intel has been so closely equated with Microsoft over the past 20 years that friend and foe alike have often referred to the pair as “Wintel.”
The two have been so joined at the hip, at least when it comes to desktop computing, it seemed inconceivable that Intel would refuse to move internally to Windows Vista. Yet, that’s what happened after Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) released the star-crossed OS in early 2007.
Windows 7 was a different story. Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) officials released a report in September stating that the company intended “to begin enterprise-wide deployment of Microsoft Windows 7 on PCs with Intel vPro technology in early 2010.”