mk: But just yesterday, Qualcomm announced plans to produce Windows 8 tablets and ultrabook-style laptops built around its ARM-based Snapdragon processors. Unless Microsoft changes its policy, these may be the first PCs ever produced that can never run anything but Windows, no matter how Qualcomm feels about limiting its customers’ choices.
I would like to think that Windows users wouldn't stand for this. Part of why I am on PC rather than a Mac has to do with ease of configuration. My last laptop went Vista>XP>Ubuntu>XP.
At the same time, hardware is getting so cheap, the distinction between an device and an OS might not remain strong enough to stop this.