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Intel dismisses reports that CEO Paul Otellini publicly rubbished Windows 8

Intel has moved to dismiss a story that quoted CEO Paul Otellini as saying that Microsoft's Windows 8 will be released before it's ready.

In a statement, Intel called the report "unsubstantiated," but did not flat out deny the story. The company said Windows 8 will continue its "long and successful heritage working with Microsoft."

Intel's response was prompted by reports that Otellini told attendees at a company event in Taiwan that Windows 8, set be released on 26 October, still needed work.

"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 said today. "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 Bloomberg story quoted analysts who discussed the lack of Windows 8 apps and frustration from manufacturers who have not had enough time to figure out driver-related problems.

As ZDNet noted, however, these operating systems are continually a work in progress.

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