Intel CEO Otellini praises Apple iPhone, OS X; says Windows can’t cut it in mobile space

“Apple’s iPhone is forcing a new wave of mobile device innovation, and validates the superiority of Unix-like systems on mobile devices over Windows, claimed Intel chief executive Paul Otellini,” Tom Sanders reports for

“‘Virtually every computer and handset manufacturer on the planet is struggling to figure out how to compete with Apple,’ Otellini said at the Morgan Stanley Technology Conference in San Francisco,” Sanders reports.

“Apple’s forthcoming iPhone offers far more features than competing mobile phones, and Otellini believes that handset manufacturers will have to switch to more powerful yet energy-efficient processors to compete,” Sanders reports. “Intel is developing an ultra low power micro-architecture with integrated graphics that will be able to power mobile devices with mere milliwatts of power. The first version of the chip is slated for release later this year.”

“Intel spun off its mobile phone chip business last year to the Marvell Technology Group. It has been suggested that Apple’s iPhone will run a Marvell Xscale processor,” Sanders reports.

Sanders reports, “Microsoft has been unable to meet Intel’s requests to create a Windows version that performs well in the mobile space, he claimed… You can get Windows CE in there, but you sure can’t get Windows Vista in there as a small kernel version, which we are nudging [Microsoft] to do. We would like to see Microsoft do a much more power-optimised, form factor-optimised kernel [like ‘a Linux or a Unix derivative kind of product like OS X’].”

Full article here.

The Inquirer reports, “Intel Chief Paul Otellini reckons Apple’s iPhone shows Unix-like systems are better than Windows for mobile devices. And having had a Windows phone for a few months, we’d be forced to agree.”

“Microsoft’s current Windows Mobile platform is unreliable, we have found. Sometimes pressing ‘answer’ when the phone rings cuts you off. This is somewhat pants,” The Inquirer reports.

Full article here.
Have you ever tried to use a Windows Mobile device? It’s worse than Windows on the desktop, if that’s possible.

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  1. Microsoft’s game plan is to wait until the iPhone is released, dissect it, copy the OS and then make it available for the iPhone wannabe’s that surely will follow.

    Just like it did with Windows and Vista and so on.

    The only thing original about Microsoft is it’s corruption of the marketplace.

  2. Pants

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  3. “Microsoft’s current Windows Mobile platform is unreliable, we have found. Sometimes pressing ‘answer’ when the phone rings cuts you off. This is somewhat pants,” The Inquirer reports.

    Isn’t that like clicking Start to shut down?

    Sounds like a Microsoft feature to me.

  4. Microsoft’s game plan is to wait until the iPhone is released, dissect it, copy the OS and then make it available for the iPhone wannabe’s that surely will follow.

    Only it won’t be so easy because Apple has learned its lesson on patents. That’s why the Zune doesn’t have a click wheel.

  5. WiseGuy,

    those days are gone methinks.

    Other young and dynamic firms may threaten Apple one day, but I don’t believe Microsoft will be among them. Like a grounded whale, Microsoft is going to slowly die, and the stench is going to be awful.

  6. That’s a pretty stunning assessment of Windows from Intel’s CEO!

    Microsoft looks more and more out of touch every day. Sure, they own the desktop market… hostage… but as the general public becomes aware of Apple products, more and more frustration and resentment build toward the Windows Empire.

    Microsoft has all the power and money in the world and they can’t build a decent OS?

    90 million iPods makes for formidable stealth marketing of Apple products.
    You can bet that when Apple TV and iPhone get into peoples hands and homes, it’ll rattle the Windows in Redmond!

  7. Ballmer reminds me of Fat Bastard from the Austin Powers movies. His comments prove to me that it’s who you know not what you know that gets people like him to the top. He couldn’t CEO his way out of a paper bag.

  8. It’s interesting that now that Vista sales has been acknowledged as weak and it continues to get pans, Paradox has released a crack. Now all those not willing to pay for Vista can just pirate it the way they did with Windows, Windows 95, Windows ME (well maybe not ME), Windows blah, blah, blah. Bill and Monkey Boy get to continue to brag that they are the big market share guys.

    This time around though I bet even the “free” windblows syndrome will not be able to stop the erosion. Vista sucks too much, requires too much resources, Mac OS X is too good and Linux is getting more user friendly all the time.

    Rock on Steve!
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