CHIP GIANT Intel has confessed that it's been working with Google on the Chrome OS project, secretly undermining the glorious Wintel alliance that has shaped PC systems for better or worse for nearly two decades.
INQ founder and former editor Mike Mageek has been chatting to his sources at Chipzilla and got someone to admit that it has known about Google's cunning Chrome OS plans all along.
The Intel exec said the outfit had been "privy to the project" for some time. "We welcome Google's move here," he told Mageek.
Intel and Microsoft have always been the best of pals, but for years the INQ has suspected that they both would love to bump each other off at the first opportunity.
There were eyebrows of Alistair Darling proportions raised when Intel put its weight behind a lightweight operating system for netbooks called Moblin. When Google announced its Chrome OS this week some even thought that might hurt Intel too.
However, if this is all part of Chipzilla's cunning plan for world domination then it means that the Wintel alliance might be on its last legs. The Vole might no longer be able rely on its chum Intel to help it crush Google's upstart Linux OS.
This leaves us wondering what we should call this new alliance. Gootel sounds sticky enough, Chrotel has nice illusions to Chrotel California, where "you can check out any time you like but you can never leave." [Or Microsoft's Heartbreak Chrotel - Ed.] µ