Intel CEO: Windows 8-based ultrabooks are the future

Windows 8 is going to be a big focus for Intel in the next year, according to a speech from the company's CEO Paul Otellini. News.com reports that Otellini, speaking at the Intel Capital Global Summit, said that Microsoft's next PC operating system will also be of great importance to Intel as it continues to promote its thin and light ultrabooks notebook design to PC makers.

The Metro-style touch interface for Windows 8 will be a major part of Intel's push for the ultrabooks design which was first introduced in May. The first notebooks that incorporated Intel's concept started shipping last month. For 2012, Otellini hinted that the next generation of ultrabooks would have touch screens. He stated, "Starting with Windows 8, you have a mainstream operating system incorporating touch. Our view is that in the ultrabook lines, touch is a pretty critical enabler. When users see that new Windows interface, they're going to want to touch it. If the screen does nothing, you have disappointed [the] consumer."

Intel is trying to get PC makers to reduce the prices of their own ultrabooks by offering up a special fund designed to give companies some help in cutting down supply costs. Otellini said, "To hit the volume price points, we need to span $699 and up, and that's the goal for next year."

The first such notebooks that used Intel's ultrabook design have received mixed reviews so far but perhaps the new touch screen versions, combined with Windows 8 might be more attractive to consumers and technology critics.

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Our view is that in the ultrabook lines, touch is a pretty critical enabler. When users see that new Windows interface, they're going to want to touch it. If the screen does nothing, you have disappointed [the] consumer.

Welcome to 5 years ago ...

I have said from the start, that I can't wait for a real touch screen with a real keyboard that runs real applications. This is right where I want to see the touch interface coincide with the regular Windows desktop. It doesn't work on the desktop alone, but I can't wait to try it with an ultralight with 15" screen. That's what I'm talking about.

And for the troll up top: I fix computers for a living, the extent of Win7 "problems" I see are more related to hardware now than ever. Crashed HD's, dead screens etc. Occasional virus hits a non updated computer, but I'm happy to say that your days of bashing Windows for it's "issues" are pretty much over. You need a new strategy. Like the OS sucks or something, good luck with that one.

jimmyfal said,
You need a new strategy. Like the OS sucks or something, good luck with that one.

It still doesn't fix the reality that the OS is a complete mess when it comes to the UI and especially when designed for tablets. Take a look at any Windows tablet offering and compare it to iPad. Yeah, good luck with that.

Also Android based tablets will completely rape Windows 8 based tablets to the ground.

Who the hell wants to use Windows anyway? Jesus christ, it's awful.

daPhoenix said,

It still doesn't fix the reality that the OS is a complete mess when it comes to the UI and especially when designed for tablets. Take a look at any Windows tablet offering and compare it to iPad. Yeah, good luck with that.

Also Android based tablets will completely rape Windows 8 based tablets to the ground.

Who the hell wants to use Windows anyway? Jesus christ, it's awful.


LOL! Windows has 92% market share. People simply LOVE to use Windows 7. And people will LOVE Windows 8.

On the other hand, Linux has less than 1% market share. Linux is so incredibly fugly, Linux is so incredibly unusable, and Linux is so incredibly pathetic that even after 20 years it can't cross the 1% mark. People hate Linux with a passion.

it has nothing remotely what so ever to do with the fact that they are making the cpu for those ultrabooks. uh uh. nothing what so ever.

Wait, is Intel telling us that at some point PCs in the future will ship with the next version of Windows instead of running Windows 7 indefinitely? Whoa... Never have guessed!

Thanks for this amazing piece of insight in what to expect!

To me, a slightly pimped HP Envy 14 looks like a better deal than an ultrabook. Slim, lasts long, has discreet graphics as well as embedded and includes an optical drive.

I think the notion of interacting with a touch interface that is folded the way a normal laptop screen is, is not a very elegant one.

They should really revolutionize the capabilities of trackpads. Make the entire palmrest a touch interface that has IR or ultrasound sensors that can pick up where fingers are hovering, and build that into a new method of interacting with Metro.

Also, the only Ultra about the majority of screens being used in these things (excepting the UX31) is ultra-crappy.

Meanwhile, the late Steve Jobs once said that incorporating touch to a laptop style computer made no sense because you interacted differently with traditional OSes. Just look at Win8- it's a bit of a mess with users switching from desktop mode to metro mode. I think average person is going to be confused.

But competition as they say, is good!

AnthoWin said,
I think average person is going to be confused.

less and less time will be spent in classic desktop as the development community moves from desktop applications to metro apps.

Ultrabooks suck!!!! The current configurations with no descrete graphic cards and dvd burners? Why would want I want to buy an expensive netbook with an i5 or i7? BTW I have a Thinkpad with an i5 and multiburner

shadodemon said,
Ultrabooks suck!!!! The current configurations with no descrete graphic cards and dvd burners? Why would want I want to buy an expensive netbook with an i5 or i7? BTW I have a Thinkpad with an i5 and multiburner

I disagree with you in regards to having a DVD drive. Personally, I can't remember the last time instead. It was probably to upgrade to Windows 7 from Vista. As for the lack of a graphics card, don't doubt the GPU chips and APUs these days.