Intel officially addresses ”half-baked” Windows 8 claims

I guess Intel wasn’t so happy about all those reports saying its CEO, Paul Otellini, characterized Windows 8 as "half-baked." The chipmaker went so far as to issue a statement yesterday, calling such reports "unsubstantiated" and touting both Intel’s relationship with Microsoft and its high hopes for Windows 8. Here’s that statement in full:

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 26, 2012 – Today Intel Corporation issued a statement in response to unsubstantiated news reports about comments made by Intel CEO Paul Otellini in a meeting with employees.
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.

Intel, Microsoft and our partners have been working closely together on testing and validation to ensure delivery of a high-quality experience across the nearly 200 Intel-based designs that will start launching in October. Intel CEO Paul Otellini is on record as saying "Windows 8 is one of the best things that ever happened to Intel," citing the importance of the touch interface coming to mainstream computing and the huge wave of exciting new Ultrabook™, tablet and convertible device innovations coming to the market.

The "unsubstantiated" reports were based on a Bloomberg story, which itself quoted "a person who attended the company event." According to that unnamed tipster, Otellini said Windows 8 was being "released before it’s fully ready." Otellini allegedly added, "Releasing the operating system before it’s fully baked is the right move, and Microsoft can make improvements after it ships." (Those quotations are, I believe, paraphrased.)

Now, it’s worth noting that Intel is calling this story unsubstantiated, not false. The chipmaker also makes no claims about Windows 8’s readiness for prime time. Nothing in the statement directly contradicts the purported quotes from the Bloomberg report, either. Otellini’s on-the-record enthusiasm about Windows 8 certainly isn’t at odds with the view that releasing the software early is "the right move." We may never know what was said in that employee meeting—or even if the meeting ever took place—but Intel’s statement doesn’t look like an terribly strong denial to me.

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    • ezrasam
    • 7 years ago

    Modern media is based on assumptions…
    They interview stupids from roadside & make a news out of it. This forces the actual person (who should have been interviewed at the first place) to release a “official statement”.

    One phone call to Intel would have stopped this stupid thing to get published if the media (“Tech Report” in this case) has been sensitive.
    After all why would you be verifying, while simply Bloomberg can be blamed.

      • ezrasam
      • 7 years ago

      Now you don’t even care to give an apology and even dare to say “Intel’s statement doesn’t look like an terribly strong denial to me”

      • Diplomacy42
      • 7 years ago

      Requests to intel for comments were not immediately returned

    • UberGerbil
    • 7 years ago

    It’s not half-baked, it’s [i<]al dente[/i<].

      • Wirko
      • 7 years ago

      Because it’s not a cake, it’s [i<] spaghetti[/i<].

    • moog
    • 7 years ago

    In the copied article, some users do like Win8

    [url<]http://gizmodo.com/5946510/intel-windows-8-is-being-released-before-its-ready[/url<]

    • PopcornMachine
    • 7 years ago

    Scary how close this is to Vista all over again.

    Nobody learns from history.

      • absurdity
      • 7 years ago

      Except Windows 8 is way better in several ways than Vista was on release.

        • blastdoor
        • 7 years ago

        Too bad the competition has also improved. Vista’s main competitors were OSX Tiger and Linux. Actually, vista’s biggest competitor was XP.

        Windows 8 is facing off against android, iOS, and (to a much lesser extent) OSX mountain lion. And win7.

          • Jigar
          • 7 years ago

          Win 7 is the king that is the biggest competitor Windows 8 will face now.

      • indeego
      • 7 years ago

      8 is a calculated risk to convert customers to software-as-service. Microsoft has to do it. Their implementation might be flawed, but the direction they are headed is required.

      Desktop operating systems don’t have much longer (well, revenue-producing ones don’t.) Heck, look at Ubuntu today versus 5 years ago. It’s a completely different OS and has been entrenched by a cloud vision and Amazon ties.

    • indeego
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]"Nothing in the statement directly contradicts the purported quotes from the Bloomberg report, either. "[/quote<] Seems like Scott needs to write up a[nother] little blurb about PR at the Megachip companies getting just a little silly.

    • Shouefref
    • 7 years ago

    It’s a common deviation in IT to release programs before they are finished. But you’re not supposed to say that.
    So much for free speach.
    He who controles the information, controls the universe! (Baron Harkonnen’s cyber remix)

      • indeego
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<]So much for free speach.[/quote<] Indeed. Or were you meaning to say so much for free [i<]peach[/i<]? Cause that [b<]is[/b<] worth fighting about, especially if you live on a peach farm and dip into the company profit margin once in a while.

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        i must say, i really love peaches.

          • NeelyCam
          • 7 years ago

          -1 you suck

    • blastdoor
    • 7 years ago

    I think Otellini also said that the bottom 47% of computer users will never buy Intel chips because they’re knuckle dragging mouth breathers. After that, he punched somebody’s grandma in the face and took a dump on every available holy book.

    At least that’s what I heard…

      • BIF
      • 7 years ago

      Unless there’s a YouTube video of the incident or a certified DNA report, it’s merely unsubstantiated dumpage. Not necessarily false, just unsubstantated.

      • NeelyCam
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<]I think Otellini also said that the bottom 47% of computer users will never buy Intel chips because they're knuckle dragging mouth breathers.[/quote<] Are those the same ones that don't pay taxes and rely on government handouts?

    • ronch
    • 7 years ago

    This is called damage control.

    PS – Sorry Neely. I thought about actually delaying posting this to let you post first, but I can’t.

      • NeelyCam
      • 7 years ago

      Don’t worry – I don’t mind. That was another clean win.

      Hat trick coming up?

        • ronch
        • 7 years ago

        No tricks, nor am I trying to be first.

          • DancinJack
          • 7 years ago

          [url<]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hat-trick[/url<]

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