Intel CEO: OEMs being conservative towards Windows 8

Windows 8 will be made available inside a number of new PCs and tablets, and many of them will have Intel-based processors inside. Yet it seems like, at least at the moment, PC makers still don't know what the demand will be for new Windows 8 hardware.

News.com reports that, during a conference call with financial analysts on Tuesday, Intel CEO Paul Otellini said, "Our customers are taking a cautious inventory approach in the face of market uncertainty and the timing of the Windows 8 launch."

While Otellini added that he is still "very optimistic" about the launch of Windows 8, he also admitted that it will be a little while before we get a clear idea of what the final reaction will be from the PC industry. He said, "The darn thing hasn't even launched yet. We'll know a lot more about this 90 days from now."

Intel has a lot of stake for the success of Windows 8, particularly for the tablet market. Intel will launch a new Atom-based processor, code named Clover Trail, that will be used inside a number of tablets running Windows 8. One report from IHS claims that even with the launch of Windows 8, the overall numbers of PCs shipped worldwide will go down in 2012.

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Windows 8 will probably help sell more tablet than new desktop PC or laptop. You can still do everything with Win7 and a 2-5 year old CPU.

Only hardcore gamers are on the bleeding edge with the fastest CPU and GPU.

TruckWEB said,
Windows 8 will probably help sell more tablet than new desktop PC or laptop. You can still do everything with Win7 and a 2-5 year old CPU.

Only hardcore gamers are on the bleeding edge with the fastest CPU and GPU.


some laptop repairing specialists say that there is no such thing as 'gaming laptop', just a marketing term and reason to abuse laptops with excessive workload leading to constant heating and faster approaching malfunction.
maybe, just maybe with things like AMD's APU things are going to change.

x.iso said,

some laptop repairing specialists say that there is no such thing as 'gaming laptop', just a marketing term and reason to abuse laptops with excessive workload leading to constant heating and faster approaching....

Let me guess, they also say nvidia 680m video chipsets in laptops help your excel spreadsheets computate faster?
I hear some laptop repair specialists also believe that cyrix made good processors.

Computers last a lot longer than they use to, they get the job done with what most users want to do on a computer these days. These task include:

- Social Networking - Facebook, Twitter
- Office productivity - email, wordprocessing
- Media - watch youtube, videos downloaded off the Net
- Smartphones that some of the above task

Seriously, you do not need the fastest latest Core i7 to this kinda stuff.

With Windows 7, we have the new XP on the block and its gonna be hard to push a lot of users off it because its doing what they want.

Mr. Dee said,
Computers last a lot longer than they use to, they get the job done with what most users want to do on a computer these days. These task include:

- Social Networking - Facebook, Twitter
- Office productivity - email, wordprocessing
- Media - watch youtube, videos downloaded off the Net
- Smartphones that some of the above task

Seriously, you do not need the fastest latest Core i7 to this kinda stuff.

With Windows 7, we have the new XP on the block and its gonna be hard to push a lot of users off it because its doing what they want.


I wouldn't say so. Sometimes it feels like OEM's are making main parts in such a way that it will degrade and/or fail after 3 years of use or so (might be longer or shorter depending on average CPU/GPU load) and by then it's becoming hard to find new replacement parts. PC's and especially laptops could be much more durable than they are now. Older ones were at least.

The OEMs are desperate for Win8 success, they have a commodity business on Win7. They need the new form factors that Win 8 opens up to segment and revalue their business. They won't be underselling this!

Money is still tight for a lot of people. A working computer is probably a necessity for most but a new one, not so much.

He's really doing his best to make the Windows 8 launch as bad as he can....guess MS will have to look into making their own chips as well as their own hardware.

efjay said,
He's really doing his best to make the Windows 8 launch as bad as he can....guess MS will have to look into making their own chips as well as their own hardware.

Or continue optimizing AMD's for windows as they've done with Intel over the last 2 decades.
AMD KING!

Shadowzz said,

Or continue optimizing AMD's for windows as they've done with Intel over the last 2 decades.
AMD KING!

And continue working with ARM chipsets, helping companies like NVIDIA take hits at Intel.