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HP to shun ARM after Windows 8 release

HP has said it is to hold off selling tablets based on ARM Holdings technology when the next version of Microsoft's Windows operating system debuts later this year, Bloomberg has reported. Instead, the company said it will focus on Intel x86 chips, said Marlene Somsak, a spokeswoman HP. The decision was seen by analysts as a setback for ARM and also an indication that Microsoft wasn't able to get one of its biggest partners to line up behind a strategy of introducing multiple operating systems. "For them to say they're skipping this is a big deal," said Michael Gartenberg, an analyst at Gartner Inc. "If they can't get HP on board, that's pretty indicative of the fact that things are different and the old loyal partners can't always be depended on."