Intel's Windows 8 complaints are misleading, say Microsoft

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windows-8-thumb.jpgA war of words has begun between Microsoft Windows president Steven Sinofsky and Intel senior vice president Renee James, after the Redmond giants claimed Intel have made innacurate claims about the forthcoming Windows 8 software.

Speaking at the Intel Investor Meeting, James said that the Intel team had found many legacy applications currently running on Intel’s x86 processor line would not work on ARM versions of Microsoft’s new OS.

“There will be four Windows 8 SoCs for ARM,” she said. “Each one will run for that specific ARM environment, and they will run new applications or cloud-based applications….They are neither forward- nor backward-compatible between their own architecture – different generations of a single vendor – nor are they compatible across different vendors. Each one is a unique stack.”

Microsoft’s Sinofsky immediately went on the defensive, issuing this statement:

“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 emphasised that we are at the technology demonstration stage. As such, we have no further details or information at this time.”


Gerald Lynch
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