Is Intel Dissing Apple in Favor of Google and Microsoft?

Looking at the upcoming release of dirt-cheap tablets and laptops from Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), it is easy to see why Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) might feel left out in the cold. Both Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows and Google‘s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android operating systems will be used in the lineup of touch devices by Intel, which maintains that no partnerships with Apple are forthcoming (at least not yet).

Intel’s new devices will cost as little as $200 for consumers in the market for either a touch laptop or a tablet, the most affordable of which will run the Android OS. The amazingly low price of these devices have forced Microsoft to come up with a solution running Windows 8. So far, the company has been able to collaborate in laptops and tablets which could be priced as low as $300, according to CNET. Despite Microsoft’s claims to the contrary, experts doubt the company could get a device down to $200.

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Either way, Apple is not joining the party, at least for now. Intel’s outgoing chief executive left the concept on the table in a recent conference call discussing the company’s recent earnings. CEO Paul Otellini, leaving Intel at the end of May, mentioned the company would consider “a strategic relationship” in the future, but that moment has not arrived. For now, it seems like Intel is content to continue ignoring the iOS in favor of Android and Windows devices. Yet Otellini did leave the door open in the foundry business…

Saying he could see such a partnership with “a customer so that it went beyond a single foundry transaction,” Otellini seemed to wash his hands of a matter, so it could be taken up by his successor later in the spring. In other words, seeing tablets or laptops running iOS in this price range is still a long way off.

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Google’s $200 touch devices promise to be wildly popular around the world if they are as user-friendly as expected. In a universe of declining PC sales, Microsoft would need to respond in kind. Google shares were up over 4 percent Friday on this news, as well as other positive reports. Microsoft traded up over 3 percent on positive earnings reports while Apple dropped 0.39 percent.

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