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Microsoft Ultrabook Touch, Next Big Thing Says Analyst

A hybrid tablet/notebook not unlike the Asus Eee Pad Transformer could be the next big thing, according to financial analyst, Rick Sherlund, who published a report that highlights how the hybrid device could herald a new revolution for Intel (via geekwire (opens in new tab)).

The devices, he said, could be called "Ultrabook Touch" and will borrow a few features from Intel's Ultrabook hardware specifications.

Namely the form factor (thin and light), smartphone-like behaviour (always connected, instant-on) as well as an extended battery life.

Sherlund said "We are bullish on fiscal 2013, anticipating a rich year of new products in high margin businesses including the launch of Windows 8 on a new breed of Ultrabook Touch devices which we believe will generate a compelling upgrade cycle, a new version of Office for Windows 8 code named Office 15 (with touch capabilities of the Windows Metro interface), and a significant new version of the Windows Server operating system (Windows Server 8)."

That said ARM and Android are already a few steps ahead of both Windows and Microsoft and with Windows 8 for ARM coming with native touchscreen capabilities, Intel could find itself isolated if more manufacturers decide to develop Windows 8 for ARM hybrid laptop/tablets.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.