Microsoft releasing unready Windows 8, says Intel
According to a Bloomberg report, Intel CEO Paul Otellini told employees in Taiwan that Microsoft Windows 8 is still not ready to be released. This implies that the Redmond-based company will launch a half-baked Windows 8 OS.
What then prompted Microsoft to release Windows 8 in a hurry?
Industry analysts have observed several factors behind Microsoft’s pushiness to launch Windows 8 in the midnight of Oct. 26.
Reason # 1: Microsoft doesn’t want to lose the benefit to cash the holiday shopping season.
Reason # 2: The company wants to launch its products so as to compete with Apple during the most profitable time of the year.
Reason # 3: It makes financial sense for Microsoft to follow the launch-first-solve-problems-later approach. The company has already spent a considerable amount of time in the development of Windows 8.
What’s missing in Windows 8?
According to Michael Cherry, an analyst at Directions, “the operating system lacks a wide range of robust applications and PC makers haven’t had enough time to work out kinks with so-called drivers, which connect software to such hardware as printers.”
Another analyst, Alex Gauna, at JMP Securities observed in response to versions of Windows 8 shown at Intel’s recent developer forum, “We are concerned at the level of bugs and fine tuning that appears necessary to get the beta systems we demoed ready for prime time.”
Intel denies reports
In a statement posted on Intel’s website, the company denied news reports about Otellini’s comments and treated them as “unsubstantiated.”
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