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Intel denies that its CEO thinks Windows 8 isn't ready

'Unsubstantiated news reports'

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Intel has denied reports that CEO Paul Otellini believes Microsoft is releasing Windows 8 before it's "fully ready," saying instead that Chipzilla has the utmost confidence in Redmond's latest OS.

On Tuesday, a Bloomberg report cited an anonymous source as saying Otellini had talked down Windows 8 during a private company meeting in Taipei, Taiwan. According to the source, Otellini said there were still improvements to be made to the OS, but that releasing it before the holiday shopping season was still the right move.

Intel issued a terse statement on Wednesday dismissing the source's claims, saying they were nothing more than "unsubstantiated news reports."

"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," the statement reads. "Intel fully expects this to continue with Windows 8."

The statement goes on to say that Otellini is on record as saying, "Windows 8 is one of the best things that ever happened to Intel."

What it stops just short of saying, however, is that Intel's CEO never made the comments that were attributed to him by the unknown source.

On Tuesday, Microsoft itself was quick to pooh-pooh the idea that Windows 8 was shipping half-baked, saying in a statement, "With over 16 million active preview participants, Windows 8 is the most tested, reviewed and ready operating system in Microsoft's history."

Your Reg hack leaves it to you, dear reader, to decide what that means for the Windows operating systems so many of us use now. ®

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