"Do you think you could ever post anything without bringing up MSFT/Windows?"
Give the guy a chance, sometimes he has a real point which is lost because of the name attached (which is one reason why I carry on posting as AC, then readers have to draw their own conclusions).
The x86 is largely only relevant when a system needs to have the capability to run Windows (exceptions apply, but not many)..
In volume markets where x86 is not relevant, there is no Windows (look around you).
In volume markets where Windows is not relevant, there is no x86 (look around you).
In volume markets where Intel want to be relevant, they just found a way to lock out AMD, if I'm reading this right.
May not be such a good move for Intel, or their customers (whether or not they depend on the special features)..
Good move for the anti-trust lawyers though. Anti-trust lawyers don't like things like undocumented APIs. Afaict, this is conceptually equivalent.
Trebles all round for the lawyers (as usual).