The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which technology and media editor/analyst Andrew Tonner discusses topics around the investing world.The launch of Microsoft's Windows 8 OS could be the defining story in technology over the second half of the year. Long awaited, the latest version of Mr. Softy's dominant product is touted live up to the computing needs of the 21st century, with seamless integration between computers and mobile devices. 

And while this should be a much-needed win for Microsoft, which desperately needs to make a dent in the smart-device market, it could mean a less rosy outcome for another tech company -- Intel. For years, the semiconductor powerhouse made up the second half of the tumultuous but lucrative WinTel marriage, but no more. Today, Intel finds the world a much more hostile place, with new companies challenging -- and, in some industries, winning -- where the future of computing is headed. Does Intel have what it takes to stave off the competition and maintain its place as the preeminent semiconductor maker? Watch the video to find out.

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