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Microsoft reportedly has plans to design its own server and PC chips based on Arm

One of the longest partnerships in the history of the tech industry will be tested next year if Microsoft unveils a custom chip based on Arm technology, as reported Friday.


The Windows half of the famed "Wintel" partnership is using designs licensed by Arm to build a server processor as well as a PC processor, according to Bloomberg. The long-rumored move would see Microsoft follow the lead of AWS in designing an Arm processor for its cloud customers, and go a step further by producing a chip that would run Windows PCs.

Any Microsoft-designed server chip would be a blow to Intel, which controls a very large portion of the market for data-center processors. And Apple's custom Arm chips have earned rave reviews from buyers of its latest Mac editions, threatening Intel's presence in the PC market as well.

Intel's stock fell 6% on the report in after-hours trading.

Big Tech benefits from Biden’s sweeping immigration actions

Tim Cook and Sundar Pichai praised President Biden's immigration actions, which read like a tech industry wishlist.

Newly-inaugurated President Joe Biden signed two immigration-related executive orders on Wednesday.

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Immediately after being sworn in as president Wednesday, Joe Biden signed two pro-immigration executive orders and delivered an immigration bill to Congress that reads like a tech industry wishlist. The move drew enthusiastic praise from tech leaders, including Apple CEO Tim Cook and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai.

President Biden nullified several of former-President Trump's most hawkish immigration policies. His executive orders reversed the so-called "Muslim ban" and instructed the attorney general and the secretary of Homeland Security to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, which the Trump administration had sought to end. He also sent an expansive immigration reform bill to Congress that would provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented individuals and make it easier for foreign U.S. graduates with STEM degrees to stay in the United States, among other provisions.

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Emily Birnbaum

Emily Birnbaum ( @birnbaum_e) is a tech policy reporter with Protocol. Her coverage focuses on the U.S. government's attempts to regulate one of the most powerful industries in the world, with a focus on antitrust, privacy and politics. Previously, she worked as a tech policy reporter with The Hill after spending several months as a breaking news reporter. She is a Bethesda, Maryland native and proud Kenyon College alumna.

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