Intel working with Apple on several next-generation technologies, Microsoft concerned

Computer Reseller News’ (CRN) Paula Rooney has conducted an inteview with Intel Senior VP and General Manager of the Digital Enterprise Group, Pat Gelsinger. Some of the discussion involved Apple Computer:

CRN: Intel shared the stage at IDF with Apple. How will Intel’s relationship with Apple evolve in 2007, or is the cooperation mostly finished?
GELSINGER: It’s far from done. Let’s take it in phases. First was the honeymoon, where we won Apple as a customer. The second phase was execution and getting products done and, third, we just finished that. The MacBook Pro was the last product. We just finished the birthing. We’ve just gotten that done, but a number of projects are under way with Apple on next-generation technologies — but I can’t detail those. Apple is very secretive, even to us. It’s the nature of the company.

CRN: Has Microsoft expressed concern about the Intel-Apple pairing or frowned at your relationship with yet another new operating-system vendor besides Linux?
GELSINGER: Well, certainly, of course. They look at it that way. But our response [to Microsoft] is that we have a customer that wants to use our silicon. Of course we support them. At the same time, I’d say our Microsoft relationship is as good if not better than it has been in our 20-year history.

CRN: Do you expect Vista to drive a big PC refresh in 2007?
GELSINGER: We are expecting a positive [increase in PC sales]. A big refresh would clearly be overstating it.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “LinuxGuy and Mac Prodigal Son” for the heads up.]

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  1. CRN was interviewing the Enterprise Server VP… Yet Gelsinger seems to know much about the desktop lines and other Apple-Intel projects…

    One analyst recently called out Apple’s move into the enterprise in ’07… Someone come up the with goods: Is Apple working on real-life groupware!? Coupled with some beefy Exchange-battling server solutions?…

  2. No, Microsoft does not buy chips from Intel, but the number of computers that run Windows on Intel is huge. And, with each more bloated and CPU demanding version of the OS that Microsoft releases, Intel gets to sell more powerful chips to meet the demand.

  3. For whatever its worth my 2 cents on the issue is this: IMHO Intel is thrilled to death to be working with an innovator like Apple who is pushing them after years of working w/ box assemblers who didn’t even want to rock the boat, a.k.a. piss off Microsoft by “thinking differently” and “towed the company line.” As long as the got a speed increase a couple times a year to push their latest models they were happy. Think about it, in a way Intel has been held back by Microsoft, the Great Whore of Redmond wasn’t concerned with innovation, only market share, and innovation could harm market share. As much as I and likely most of you groaned at the infamous ad at the time of the switch to intel: “….trapped in dull little boxes…performing dull little tasks…..” there is a strong element of truth there. The Intel/Apple partnership will give the world much more innovation than the IBM/Apple partnership ever did.
    That’s my opinion for whatever its worth……….

  4. Payback to Microsoft for going to IBM for the XBox. Wouldn’t it be sweet if Apple and Intel come out with a console that emulates PS3/XBox/Wii??? Hey, with 80 cores coming in the future, why not???

    MW: little. Microsoft is of liitle concern to Intel

  5. Microslop does not have time to get miffed over Apple and Intel doing a little heavy petting, they’re too busy getting Zune and Vista to market.

    Wow, what a sweet pair that is, makes me tingly all over just thinking about it, kind of like a good case of poison ivy or jock itch.

  6. The second phase was execution and getting products done

    This is the part MS had better be concerned about. MS can’t even cope with today’s technologies, why would Intel give them a crack at tomorrow’s?

    MS is so utterly clueless it’s hilarious.

    A great example: Verizon was recently in a pact with MS to do coding for set-top TV media boxes. On at least two occasions, MS failed to deliver their part & slipped into bloatware and delays (gee sound familiar?). Disgusted, Verizon put their own coders to work.. and they finished the jobs in a few months.

    It’s bad when a goddamned PHONE company out-codes a software giant!

  7. >The “MacBook Pro” was the last product… no, it was the first.

    No iMac was the first. Announced jan 2006, available the same month. On the contrary the MacBook Pro was available only a month later …

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