It will not help, there are only so many ways you can dress up a turd of an OS. Making it the same price as the competition but with a horrible UI isn't going to improve sales. Besides, Windows 8 consumes 32GB on mobile devices soooooo....
Android maybe free to use, but it is not without its cost. With Android you have to develop it and harden it for your specific device's hardware. That cost money to pay a team of developers to do this. Most people forget that Android is a light weight Utility Linux OS and just doesn't work out of the box like Windows x86 does and even Windows RT.
only people who wont like it will be win8 h8ters, love it or hate its a win win windows 8 love fest finaly good news .. android is sh!t lets face it was only made for cam's in first place pure hack fest O/S fact ...
Intel is desperately trying to enter the smartphone and tablet market. It never smart to be the last one to enter the market.
If the article is about tablets running standard Win8 rather than RT then you would be comparing phones/tablets running Android on ARM to a low-end x86-64/Win8 PC in tablet form factor. One of these may be able to run fully-fledged standard desktop applications while the others do not.
That entry may be "late" to the tablet game but gives you access to more than a decade worth of standard desktop applications.
How 'stunning' is 'Stunning' by the way... The last time a had an Intel atom tablet PC with windows8, cannot even compete with my 10in dual core AllWinnerTech ARM processor when it comes to graphics, speed battery and weight! Imagine this Atom tablet has a small exhaust and small fan incorporated...
I would simply be impressed if Atom was powerful enough to even be worth considering on any tablets, much less a $200 tablet.
Regardless of whether it is or not, an x86-based tablet means people who rely on x86-based PCs for their point-of-sale and similar application with practically no processing power requirement can simply dump their stuff on one of those instead of having to develop Andoid/IOS-specific versions.
That alone is already a rather quite significant potential market.