Intel's boss is excited and highly optimistic about the prospects for Microsoft's new Windows 8 operating system.
Paul Otellini, CEO of Intel, believes that the operating system, which works on ARM processors, could have an impact on the PC and tablet markets.
ZDNet quoted Mr Otellini as saying at the Credit Suisse technology conference: "We are very excited about Windows 8.
"I think it's one of the best things that's ever happened to our company. And it's a very good operating system, not just for PCs, but we think it will also allow tablets to really get a legitimacy into mainstream computing, particularly in enterprises that they don't have today."
Speaking about the problems faced by enterprise managers who use tablets that feature existing operating systems, he said: "A lot of the enterprise managers are worried about security, they're worried about the difficulty affording their legacy applications over to an Android tablet or to an iPad.
"What Microsoft is doing is making that seamless for them. And they have a new experience, which they call Metro, that's the interface up there. But for Intel-based machines, there is also one button that basically takes you back to your classic Windows experience and that's a software button essentially."
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