Follow the leader? Or smack the one you’re dancing with? Either way you look at it, Microsoft is raising a few eyebrows by announcing that is licensing ARM technology to further its aims in the mobile sector. Certainly, Microsoft isn’t giving up on Intel with this move, but it just points out how volatile the mobile sector is as we continue to see old school alliances shift and change. Beginning with the disruptive insertion of Netbooks into the market (anyone remember Netbooks?) it sure looks like many of the big players are willing to try different dance partners if they think it will lead to success.
Of course Microsoft has a history with ARM with its Windows CE, Mobile and Embedded platforms, but this moves strikes me as Microsoft realizing that it needs to take more control over its mobile partnerships. Follow the leader?