Intel denies Otellini rubbished Windows 8


Intel has denied reports that its CEO Paul Otellini told employees in Taiwan that Windows 8 was not ready for launch and needed to be improved.

The chipmaker claims the reports were unsubstantiated and that Windows 8 has its full backing. Intel noted that there are over 200-Intel based products in the works for the platform.

"Intel has a long and successful heritage working with Microsoft on the release of Windows platforms, delivering devices that provide exciting experiences, stunning performance, and superior compatibility. Intel fully expects this to continue with Windows 8," the firm said in a statement.

"Intel CEO Paul Otellini is on record as saying Windows 8 is one of the best things that ever happened to Intel."

Despite this clarification from the chipmaker, the success of Windows 8 is far from guaranteed in the enterprise space. Many businesses are still in the process of upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7, so are unlikely to rush to upgrade to the OS when it is released on 26 October.

Meanwhile, touch-friendly operating systems, such as Android and iOS, also have a head start on Windows 8 in the consumer space.

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