A major firestorm erupted earlier this week after Intel CEO Paul Otellini reportedly told employees Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system will be released before it is “fully ready.”
However, Otellini also noted that launching the flagship OS before it is fully baked remains the “right move,” as Redmond will undoubtedly code improvements after it ships.
Although Intel subsequently published an official statement that termed the above-mentioned report “unsubstantiated,” a number of sources told the UK-based ChannelBiz Redmond is indeed releasing Windows 8 with bugs.
“There’s always bugs that need to be ironed out with new releases and Windows 8 isn’t any different,” one source said. ”
However Intel beginning to fire insults at such an early stage shows the company is trying to get publicity. Let’s not even start with its products.”
Another reseller confirmed there were indeed a “huge host” of bugs that Microsoft will be forced to fix and patch after launch.
“But that’s not unusual. While Intel is right to point that out, it’s making a mountain of a molehill, especially as it won’t have to be working hard to fix these and deal with the fall out like we will,” he explained.
“We don’t get enough margins from MS to have to deal with these but I doubt it would bat an eyelid if we pulled out. There are hundreds of us, we’re just one tiny tadpole in the Microsoft 8 pond.”
Meanwhile, Gartner analyst Gunnar Berger noted that while Windows 8 offers a positive experience on a touch device, it will likely have a difficult time on the business desktop.
“My area of expertise is enterprise desktops, and those desktops have a keyboard and a mouse; and as much as this doesn’t make any sense, it seems to me that Microsoft forgot about this when they designed Windows 8,” he wrote in a July industry note.
“We recently did a large field research study and specifically asked all of our interviewees if they were looking at Windows 8, most laughed. The fact is most enterprises are still trying to get to Windows 7 and few enterprises are ready for Windows 8.”