According to a report by Bloomberg, Intel's CEO, Paul S. Otellini, has stated to staff in Taiwan that Windows 8 is being released before it's fully ready. The comment comes at a particularly vulnerable time as Microsoft is getting ready to launch Windows 8 to the general public on October 26th.
Otellini is stated as saying that improvements still need to be made to Windows 8 but Microsoft will be able to do them after the product ships. According to the report: "'Improvements still need to be made to the software'", Otellini told employees at a company meeting in Taipei today, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the meeting was private"
Otellini also says that it is the correct move for Microsoft to push the product before it's fully complete by stating: "'Releasing the operating system before it’s fully baked is the right move, and Microsoft can make improvements after it ships,' Otellini told staffers".
For Microsoft, Windows 8 is a departure from it's previous operating systems that included a Start button in the lower left-hand corner. Replacing the traditional start menu is a new Start screen that makes use of hot corners and a charms bar for quick navigation.
The blended hybrid OS is a bold move for Microsoft as the company transitions into the new modern design language (formerly called Metro) across all of its products. If Otellini's comments hold true, it could be a damaging PR blow before the product becomes available to consumers.
Windows 8 hit RTM earlier this Summer and Neowin has been using the OS since early August. So far, the OS feels stable and has it's own unique advantages. Our full review of the OS will be out in the coming weeks before the product ships.