Intel: Microsoft Windows 8 Still Needs Improvement

Intel's Chief Exec Criticizes Windows 8 at Internal Event

by Anton Shilov
09/26/2012 | 10:40 AM

Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 8 operating system is a month away, but Intel Corp.'s chief exec admitted during a private meeting that the OS still contains bugs. While the details are scarce, it looks like Windows 8 will not be able to provide maximum quality user experience out of the box, which may slowdown its initial adoption.


Intel needs Windows 8 operating system to sell more of its latest chips, but apparently the OS still needs tweaking so that it could utilize all the benefits it has to offer on hardware available today, reports Bloomberg news-agency. Paul Otellini told Intel employees in Taiwan that improvements still need to be made to Windows 8, but did not reveal whether Intel needs to further tweak its drivers, or the OS itself is not fully baked.

Intel earlier this quarter lowered its revenue expectations citing slow demand in well-developed countries. The company now needs Microsoft to launch Windows 8 as soon as possible to spur interest towards personal computers. Even in case the OS still needs improvements, it will catalyze PC market growth and will even let some companies to finally release competitive media tablets features Windows RT or Windows 8.

Considering the fact that the first breeds of PCs never take full advantage of brand-new operating systems, it will hardly be a problem for PC makers that Windows 8 will not support certain functionality at launch. However, some ideas will only be fully implemented in the coming quarters as hardware, drivers and OS itself will get more polished and powerful.

Intel and Microsoft did not comment on the news-story.