Intel labelled on Wednesday as 'unsubstantiated' earlier reports that company CEO Paul Otellini was wary of the glitches that would attend the Oct 26 launch of Microsoft's long-awaited Windows 8.
In a statement, the giant computer chipmaker pointed to an earlier declaration by Mr Otellini that says: "Windows 8 is one of the best things that ever happened to Intel."
"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 company added.
There is no reason to believe that Intel and Microsoft will alter the tried and tested course they have taken in the past 30 years, Intel suggested on its statement, adding that whatever have been started with the software giant "Intel fully expects this to continue with Windows 8."
The statement contradicts a Bloomberg report on Tuesday which said that Mr Otellini has expressed doubts on the readiness of Windows 8 next month.
Citing a source that Bloomberg claimed was in the same room with Mr Otellini during an Intel private meeting in Taiwan, the publication reported the Intel boss was under the impression that the Microsoft-planned launch could prove premature for the PC world.
The Windows 8 debut could turn into an unravelling of major headaches for PC makers if indeed the platform's market entry is being fasttracked minus the benefit of extensive testing and calibrations for firms that would issue gadgets on the Microsoft operating system, analysts said.
"We are concerned at the level of bugs and fine tuning that appears necessary to get the beta systems we demoed ready for prime time," Bloomberg quoted JMP Securities analyst Alex Gauna as saying.
These ideas, however, were not in the immediate mindset of Mr Otellini, Intel insisted.
At the same time, the company refused to validate if the Bloomberg report was accurate, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) said on Thursday.
A spokeswoman for the leading chipmaker told the U.S.-based publication that it is not the practice of the company to divulge and discuss internal corporate communications.
In the event that problems would be encountered in the aftermath of the Windows 8 rollout, Intel stressed that such occurrences would be simply deemed as part of the launch process for the new product, which the PC market hopes would revive its sluggish performance in the past few years.
"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," The WSJ reported Intel as saying on Thursday.
Intel's statement also highlighted the introduction of touch interface in the new Microsoft platform, which will be deployed not only on traditional desktops and notebook computers but also on smartphones and tablet computers.
Such innovation, the company admitted, has opened up for the firm a major role on the mobile computing market that previously were the playground of its competitors like Nvidia and Qualcomm.
In fact, Mr Otellini, Intel said, is appreciative of the fact that its partnership with Microsoft has enabled the company to finally enter the tablet computer market, which has become the domain of its chief rival, ARM Holdings.
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