Much like the recent whispers that Windows Phone 8 is not quite finished, rumors have now surfaced that Windows 8 is being released before it’s completely ready.
During a recent company event, Intel CEO Paul Otellini supposedly told Taiwanese employees that Microsoft’s next-gen OS is being released despite not being fully ready, and that improvements still need to be made to the software, according to a source who wished to remain unnamed since the meeting was private.
However, some chalk this up to merely a case of sour grapes on the part of Intel, given that Microsoft added support for ARM-based processors for Windows 8.
But it does seem like it might be a feasible claim, given that time is of the essence for Microsoft. In order to compete during the holiday season, it needs to release Windows 8 (and its associated products like the Microsoft Surface tablet) sooner rather than later. It’s not an uncommon practice for companies to release software before it’s entirely finished and simply make tweaks via patches and updates following the initial release.
When approached by Bloomberg, an Intel spokesperson declined to comment on the meeting at which Otellini allegedly made these statements. However, Mark Martin, a Microsoft spokesperson, stated:
“With over 16 million active preview participants, Windows 8 is the most tested, reviewed and ready operating system in Microsoft’s history. We’re looking forward to making Windows 8 available to the world on October 26.”