Windows XP is nearly end of its lifecycle, it's still the number 1 operating
system for Netbooks, which are mostly powered by by Intel's Atom CPUs. Sure, as
long a Windows 7 isn't available, Windows XP makes much sense on Netbooks.
However, so far Intel wasn't too successful in the mobile phone business but
Qualcomm, Samsung and TI are the majors here. However, with today's announced
new Atom Z550, Intel wants to change this and went even further in its proof of
concept. While there are a couple of very good operating systems available for
mobile phones, namely Windows Mobile and Android, today - during the IDF - Intel
showed a prototype of a clamshell smartphone which is runs Windows XP, utilizing
Intel's new Z550 Atom CPU at 2 GHz!
Sure, it's yet a proof of concept only but I really wonder which sense it
makes to show such a prototype? I'm not sure if I want to run - even if it's a
good one - outdated PC operating system on my mobile phone? I'm even quite
satisfied with today's available Qualcomm, Samsung and TI ARM-based CPUs and
first of all, before proofing that the Atom Z550 is able to run Windows XP on
smartphones, Intel should proof that its new platform consumes even less energy
and I would suggest to start with new Netbooks first.
Cheers ~ Arne