Slim, light, and powerful, Ultrabooks are part of Intel's plans to inject life into a PC market diluted by tablets and other mobile devices. Intel sees such devices playing a big role in its future, as the hybrid form factors being unveiled are direct beneficiaries of smaller, more energy-efficient computing. Ultrabooks will continue to be a major company focus, especially after Windows 8 ships.
Having conquered thinness, ultrabook makers must continue to unroll new advances. At IDF, software demonstrations promised Ultrabooks that accurately respond to voice commands for shopping results, music selections, and social media posts.