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Intel CEO Otellini tells staff Windows 8 is buggy

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Wed Sep 26 2012, 11:51
Intel Paul Otellini at Investor Meeting

Chipmaker Intel's CEO Paul Otellini told employees at an internal meeting that Microsoft is shipping Windows 8 before it's ready.

Otellini made the comments about Microsoft at one of a number of internal Intel meetings this week that appeared to pour cold water over the upcoming launch of the operating system. He told employees that Microsoft was making the right move by shipping an operating system "before it's fully baked", because the company can fix it afterwards.

While Otellini might believe that Microsoft is making the right move, surely others will disagree. Microsoft knows it can't suffer another Windows Vista debacle and consumers and especially enterprise customers are now well trained to wait until it releases Service Pack 1 before migrating to Microsoft's latest iteration of Windows.

Intel issued a statement following Otellini's reported comments, saying the comments were made in private. That the firm did not deny they were said suggests it is a view held by at least one person at the very top of Intel, a firm that still needs Microsoft to drive processor sales.

Instead Intel tried to play up its support for Windows 8 by saying, "We see Windows 8 as a significant opportunity across the board and are excited at our prospects in new form factors like tablets and convertibles. Intel and Microsoft demonstrated both Intel Core and Atom processor-based Windows 8 tablets at CES, MWC and IDF this year."

Otellini might expect to get a very stiffly worded email from Steven Sinofsky, the executive in charge of Windows at Microsoft, as his comments are unlikely to do much to help sales of Windows 8 come this time next month. µ


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