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Intel’s Thunderbolt will be Available on Microsoft’s Windows from Next Year

September 15, 2011

Citing the plans of Intel Vice-President and General Manager of the PC Client Group, Mooly Eden, at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2011 The Economic Times reported that Intel’s high-speed interconnect technology – Thunderbolt – would be available on Microsoft’s Windows operating system from next year.

Thunderbolt was launched earlier this year, and is exclusively available to transfer data between different computing devices at high-speed on Apple’s Mac computers. At IDF, Eden showcased a prototype of the Thunderbolt technology running on Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system.

Microsoft representative also displayed latest Windows 8 operating system on an Intel-based Ultrabook device. While speaking to journalists later, Eden also told that it would be upto PC manufacturers to choose operating systems of their choice on the Ultrabooks as they are not going to be limited to Microsoft’s Windows platform.

In a response to a question whether Ultrabooks can have Android as their operating system and whether it may affect their association with Microsoft, the news paper quoted him as saying : “Our cooperation with Microsoft is great. But they are free to work with any of our rivals. Similarly, we (Intel) also work with different players. It finally depends on the OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) to decide on the operating system.”

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