On Tuesday, Bloomberg reported that Intel CEO Paul Otellini, in a private meeting with employees in Taiwan, said that Windows 8 was not yet ready. The report quoted Otellini as saying, "Improvements still need to be made to the software."
The report was based on unnamed sources, and today Intel said in a statement that the story was "unsubstantiated." News.com reports that in Intel's full statement, the company said:
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 remarks come a day before Intel is scheduled to hold a press event in San Francisco. The company is expected to show off a number of Windows 8-based, Intel-powered tablets at the event, including offerings from HP, Dell, Acer, Lenovo, Asus, Samsung, and ZTE.