Dominant Duo: Wintel Through The Years

Vista Not Inside Intel

When news broke in 2008 that Intel was sticking with Microsoft's Windows XP for most of its 80,000 employees instead of migrating them to the new Windows Vista, it was just the latest sign that the once-tight Wintel partnership was unraveling. With Vista, the long-standing synergy between the companies was lost as they chaffed over product road maps and system requirements. There were other signs of relationship trouble, including the 2005 announcement by Microsoft rival Apple that it would transition to Intel processors.

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