According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Otellini told employees in Taiwan that the software is being taken out of the oven with a soft and sticky middle and needed improvements. He said that Intel was concerned at the level of bugs and fine tuning that appears necessary to get the beta systems demoed ready for prime time.
Microsoft is keen to get Windows 8,into the shops by next month in time for the holiday shopping season. Otellini said that it was a good idea that Microsoft shipped anyway.
Vole could make improvements afterwards, Otellini told staffers.
Intel is Microsoft's closest partner, but Otellini is not the only Volish chum to diss the latest operating system.
Analysts such as Michael Cherry at Directions on Microsoft have said that while Windows is fundamentally sound, the operating system lacks a wide range of software and PC makers haven't had enough time to work out kinks with drivers, which connect software to such hardware as printers.
This is similar to the problems that Vista had when it came on the shelves. It was met with poor adoption as the software didn't work with many applications and drivers and was much mocked.
SpokesVole Mark Martin said that with 16 million active preview participants, Windows 8 was the most tested, reviewed and ready operating system in Microsoft's history.