The Windows 8 gamble

Microsoft is risking its long-time relationships with allies, like Intel, in a bid to compete in the mobility space with the likes of Google and Apple.

The world of Wintel - Microsoft, Intel and the Taiwan-based companies that build the computers their products power and run on - is taking a huge collective bet on Windows 8.

And while last week's Computex trade show in Taiwan largely presented a united front, it has also highlighted some of the tensions that big gamble has created in a once tight relationship between the US firms and their Asian partners.

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