November 15, 2012
Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT ) recently announced a major executive departure at the highest levels of the company. Windows chief Steven Sinofsky has abruptly left the company, just after the launch of Windows 8 and Surface. This even adds an element of uncertainty to Intel (NASDAQ: INTC ) , since any concerns surrounding Windows 8 could potentially weigh on Intel as the dominant supplier of PC processors. NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA ) powers the Surface RT with its Tegra processor, so underwhelming Surface unit sales won't bother Intel right now. The Intel-powered Surface is due out early next year. Other PC hardware players like Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ ) and Dell (NASDAQ: DELL ) are also relying on Windows 8 for a boost.
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