Dominant Duo: Wintel Through The Years

Powerful Partnership

Microsoft and Intel have enjoyed a long reign as the IT industry's top twosome. The "Wintel" duo dominated the PC market for more than 20 years as laptop and desktop makers overwhelmingly favored Microsoft's Windows software and Intel microprocessors. The rock-solid tech marriage has weakened as PC sales slide with the rise of tablets and smartphones, but here's a look back at some highlights -- and lowlights -- in the Wintel partnership over the years.

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