Intel to hold Windows 8 panels at IDF next week

Next week Microsoft will hold its first annual BUILD Conference in Anaheim, California. The event is expected to reveal a lot more about Microsoft's plans for its Windows 8 operating system along with perhaps a release of a developer preview to its attendees. But the BUILD Conference isn't the only major tech oriented company event happening next week. Intel will also be holding its annual Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco from September 13-15.

An examination of IDF's panel agenda shows that Intel will be holding at least two panels where the company will discuss how its products will work with Windows 8. One is called "Microsoft Windows 8 on Intel Architecture" on September 14 while the other is titled "Hot Topic Q&A: Intel and Microsoft – Windows 8", to be held on September 15. Both panels will feature speakers from both Intel and Microsoft as they talk about the operating system and how Microsoft is working with Intel to help develop Windows 8.

Even though Microsoft announced earlier this year that Windows 8 will be able to run on processors designed with ARM's architecture, the vast majority of products that will run Windows 8 will still have processors made by Intel. It's a given that Intel and Microsoft would collaborate and hold joint panels at IDF about how Microsoft's next major operating system will work on Intel-based devices.

In addition to the Windows 8 panels, IDF will also feature a number of other sessions next week that will cover topics like offering 3D entertainment on a PC, Intel's new Ultrabook design, cloud computing and more. The IDF agenda is a lot more open at this point than Microsoft's BUILD Conference which is mostly a secret less than a week before it opens.

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I think the ultrabook category is really going to take off with ARM. Intel would the remain the desktop giant.

An ARM based Windows laptop would really be a thing of beauty.

FMH said,
An ARM based Windows laptop would really be a thing of beauty.

Depends on how fast ARM CPU can run Windows 8.... If you need a Quad-Core Kal-El CPU to get the same performance of an Intel ATOM.... Will ARM still be a thing of beauty??

TruckWEB said,

Depends on how fast ARM CPU can run Windows 8.... If you need a Quad-Core Kal-El CPU to get the same performance of an Intel ATOM.... Will ARM still be a thing of beauty??

The ARM is becoming really powerful. In a report of 2010 it was revealed that by 2012, the SoC architecture would rival that times notebooks power!
And it can be seen. As Samsung revealed an ARM based chip with 2GHz processors for year 2012.

It may not have the power of Intel, but it is getting their.
To me it seems like a two-way race. Intel trying to reduce power consumption. And ARM trying to increase processor's power.
So, yeah! It may eventually become a thing of beauty, if not initially so.

Not sure if it's relevant - intel won't get any "special" version versus (for example) AMD. If anything the "special" one is for ARM.

Who remembers the fanfare surrounding "itanium" on Windows 2000 and the "special" version they created specifically for that processor?