C.J. Bruno, Intel vice president and Americas general manager, says the company's next generation Skylake processor, combined with Windows 10, is set to deliver an Intel "on steroids" experience for the business market.
Skylake, which is tied tightly to Windows 10, will be front and center as the star of the show at the Intel Solutions Summit in Dallas this week.
"The game gets better with Skylake, which will baptize sixth-generation Intel core processors when they arrive in the market later this year," Bruno told CRN in an exclusive interview before the show. "It's unprecedented to have our freshest processor hand in glove with [Windows] 10. Those don't line up perfectly every generation. It's an amazing opportunity for folks."
The Skylake-Windows 10 combination is being embraced by CIOs, said Bruno, who will deliver a keynote Wednesday before several hundred of the company's technology-provider partners. "They're communicating to us that they're really looking for a much swifter adoption of [Windows] 10 in the enterprise than they've experienced with previous OSs," he said. "That is yet another opportunity for all of us, including our Intel technology-provider channel partners, to capitalize on."
Skylake, the sixth-generation successor to Intel's Broadwell architecture, is expected to deliver gains in performance, battery life and power efficiency, according to Intel. The new processor is expected to hit the market later this year, while Windows 10 is expected to be released over the summer.
Martin Smekal, president and CEO of Torrance, Calif.-based Intel partner TabletKiosk, said he is looking at "solid growth rates" of around 35 percent in his own company for the coming year partially because of the Windows 10 release.