Intel plans Atom app store online

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Intel has announced plans for an online app store for the Intel Atom processor to help boost the popularity and sales of a variety of netbook computers based on the chip.

The move is part of Intel's strategy to boost personal computing devices based on its technology to become the netbook chip supplier of choice, according to US reports.

The initiative - backed by Acer, Asus, Dell, Adobe and Microsoft - was announced at the Intel Developer's Forum (IDF) in San Francisco.

Intel said these suppliers have committed to port their run-time environments to the Atom platform. The company is also hoping to see JavaFX ported in the future.

Paul Otellini, chief executive at Intel, told IDF attendees that Intel's goal is for developers to be able to write an application once and have it run on any device based on Intel's architecture.

Intel will provide tools for developers to build on the Atom platform for both Windows and Intel's Moblin Linux-based operating system, he said.



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