Microsoft Windows has always been linked with Intel i386 processors. There was a perpetual cycle of onemanship. Every time a newer faster CPU that rolls off the foundries of Intel, Microsoft will release a new version that will invariably cripple the computer.
At the recent Computex 2011, Microsoft revealed a windowless Windows 8 running on an ARM cpu. Surprise surprise, the stranglehold of Intel on desktop computing just got broken by the advent of tablets. The jury is still out on whether the tablet can replace a desktop for home use. Nevertheless, this is history in the making.