Well, I'm definitely getting flashbacks of the Windows Vista launch. According to a report by Bloomberg, Intel CEO Paul Otellini has expressed reservations about the level of polish in Windows 8. Otellini apparently wasn't speaking publicly; his statements were made during a company meeting in Taipei, Taiwan, and Bloomberg heard about them through an unnamed attendee.
"[Otellini] told employees in Taiwan that Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 8 operating system is being released before it's fully ready," reports Bloomberg. "Improvements still need to be made to the software, Otellini told employees."
But despite the seemingly negative appraisal, Otellini allegedly went on to say, "Releasing the operating system before it's fully baked is the right move, and Microsoft can make improvements after it ships."
In short, while Windows 8 may not be as polished as Intel would like, the chip maker may be perfectly content to have it out there sooner than later. Perhaps that's partly because Windows 8 is spurring the development of Intel-powered tablets. We're already heard about a number of those, including models from Asus, Dell, and Lenovo, just to name a few. Most of them seem to be too expensive to compete with the iPad, but they're still more compelling than the few Win7 tablets out there. (Of course, Windows 8's October 26 release should also give sales of regular PCs a nice boost in time for the holidays.)