Intel hints at Windows 8 - end of Windows Phone 7?

Move over Windows Phone 7, we're looking at 8...

Chipmaker Intel drops Windows 8 bomb...

Intel has unveiled plans to put Windows 8 onto smartphones, potentially replacing Windows Phone 7.

In a startling leap, the chipmaker’s CEO Paul Otellini let slip that Windows 8 was in his sights.

“We have the ability to put our lowest-power Intel processors running Windows 8, or “next-generation Windows,” into phones, because it’s the same OS stack. And I look at that as an upside opportunity for us”, he told reporters.

So where does that leave Windows Phone 7? Well, don’t panic right now – Intel is yet to put out a mobile-targeted chip, and Microsoft will be keen to keep its mobile baby ecosystem unfragmented for at least a short while.