Ultrabooks with Windows® 8 coming next year
Come next year, you can own an ultrabook, which runs on the upcoming Microsoft operating system- Windows 8. "This operating system is expected to propel the demand for the devices,” says an Intel executive. You will see 11 or so designs by the end of this year and more than 60 ultrabook designs that are expected by next year.
Tom Kilroy, senior vice president and general manager of worldwide sales at Intel, believes that the use of Window 8 on ultrabooks will help in driving up the demand on ultrabooks by the second half of 2012. And this is the time when schools start to re-open and there will be lots of shopping activities for the students.
Apart from the Windows 8 operating system, ultrabook will also come with Core processor of next-generation based on the Ivy Bridge microarchitecture, which will help in the improvement of the ultrabook performance and graphics. Kilroy believes that, by the end of 2012, four out of ten laptops sold will be ultrabooks.
Kilroy said, "Judging by the excitement, that's a realistic goal."
There is no response from Microsoft about the release date of Windows 8, but a developer preview of Windows 8 was released last month and now, the beta version release is awaited.
Ultrabook, which is promoted by Intel, is a thin-and-light laptop designed in response to Apple MacBook Air. In fact, it is thinner than the latter. It boasts of long battery life with the features of tablets, such as touchscreen, always-on, and always-connected. PC makers Lenovo, ASUS, Acer, and Toshiba have already released their own ultrabooks, but they are based on Sandy Bridge microarchitecture. Ultrabooks, which are yet to be released, will run on Ivy Bridge processor that will ensure better graphics and security.
Intel CEO, Paul Otellini, believes that the price of ultrabooks, which is currently around $1,000, might drop down by next year. He said, "When you look at where ultrabooks are this holiday season... a year from now, you may see them at $699 and up."
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