Refers to the combination of the Windows operating system
running on Intel microprocessors
. The term is often used sarcastically to indicate the close alliance between Intel
. Because Windows 3.x and Windows 95 run only on x86
microprocessor architectures, Intel and Microsoft support each other in ways that many feel is unhealthy for the computer industry as a whole. However, it should be pointed out that Windows NT
runs on several non-x86 microprocessors, and there are other operating systems, such as Linux
, that run on Intel microprocessors.