Originally Posted by 46and2
Interesting indeed.Intel has begun an effort to make it easier for sales partners in China and India to sell desktop computers running Linux, starting a more active phase in the company's help with the open-source operating systemLink
I really don't think MS would be in bed with Intel. MS is not a Hardware-Software vertically integrated company like Apple is, so its sales will also fluctuate with Hardware technology and prices.
A software maker like MS would like nothing better than to accelerate Hardware technology, so that they can pump out more CPU and Memory intensive developments.
And even more importantly, they want to keep the price of HW down, through competition; so that when the consumer purchases a system (HW + SW), the entire cost will be lower, and generate more sales for MS. One way to keep your own profit per piece of software up, and still increase in sales, is to keep the cost of Hardware down.
And that's what a fierce competition between Intel and AMD will do for MS. I think Bill Gates is smart enough to know that. That's also why AMD and Intel also support open source to a certain extent, to pressure MS to keep their prices down.