We now have a small peek into what transpired between M$ and ARM. Digitimes interviewed the boss of ARM and elicited these comments:
“Brown pointed out that the ARM group has tried to launch ARM-based devices that share similar functionalities as notebooks, such as Smartbook, but demand from consumers was weak since consumers still have expectations for the devices to feature the same performance and compatibility as traditional notebooks, while consumers also found the Android operating system difficult to get used to.”
That is so unreal. The whole world is producing Android products and cannot meet demand. The ARMed ecosystem has made a serious bite in notebook territory. Yet Brown said those things. M$’s salesmen are great salesmen even though they cannot yet make a decent OS. Let us hope talks between ARM and M$ do not reach merger or acquisition. It’s probably a good thing that M$ cannot get “8” out the door for a long while. Even Brown will see the error of those statements by then.