Microsoft: Intel executive was wrong about Windows 8

Yesterday, an executive at Intel said that Windows 8 -- Microsoft' next flagship Operating System -- will not support legacy Windows applications on the ARM version. The same executive, Renee James, also said that four versions of Windows 8 will be released for the SoC architecture, none of which will support legacy Windows applications. She went on to say that the applications would work on "different versions of Intel architecture" but this would not be the case for "for [their] competitors in the ARM ecosystem."

According to Business Insider today, Microsoft was upset that Intel had said this and released their own statement on the matter:

Intel’s statements during yesterday’s Intel Investor Meeting about Microsoft’s plans for the next version of Windows were factually inaccurate and unfortunately misleading.  From the first demonstrations of Windows on SoC, we have been clear about our goals and have emphasized that we are at the technology demonstration stage.  As such, we have no further details or information at this time.

Business Insider points out that Microsoft won't pin down which part of the statement was incorrect and that it could be the reference to four versions of Windows for ARM, or about legacy application compatibility. It's expected Microsoft will announce more details publicly at their developer conference in September.

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