Intel betting on Cloudbooks to use its forthcoming Apollo Lake processors

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With Microsoft’s decision a couple of years ago to offer Windows at a much cheaper price to manufacturers as a way to entice them to create lower-priced devices that run the OS, a new generation of bargain-priced and modestly spec’d laptops — first running Windows 8, then Windows 10 — have become popular. So popular, in fact, that Intel is giving them a name and promoting one of its forthcoming chip platforms as perfect to power them.

At the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) this week in China, the chip giant touted Cloudbooks — which include Acer notebooks of the same name, but aren’t limited to them — which sound a lot like Chromebooks, but run Windows instead of Chrome. Like Chromebooks, they are low…

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