As Microsoft seeks new growth in the cloud, the Wintel alliance is now officially over.
The Microsoft-Intel alliance -- the "Wintel" duopoly -- defined the PC era. For decades, the two giants worked hand in hand building the software and hardware platforms of personal computing and pushed their technology into virtually every home and business in the developed world and beyond.
But both Microsoft and Intel faltered in the mobile era, and their relationship began to fray. Now a resurgent Microsoft -- boosted by a strong cloud business -- is busy courting new partners and it's not afraid to leave Intel behind when it suits its goals.