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When looking at some job postings for programming and Information Technology, I noticed many list or request "Wintel" experience. Why do they need a new word for this? Why not just "MS Windows" experience?

Wikipedia indicates that common usage includes "modern computers and OS" and the possibility of AMD architecture. This still doesn't seem to explain why they would need "Wintel" instead of just "MS Windows".

So, what does "Wintel" mean?

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Wintel means any Windows operating system running on an Intel x86 architecture.

Experience working in a Wintel environment means experience working in a modern desktop Microsoft Windows Operating System, as opposed to other architectures like Mainframe, Unix, or Linux.

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