“Intel Corp. Chief Executive Officer Paul Otellini told employees in Taiwan that Microsoft Corp.’s Windows 8 operating system is being released before it’s fully ready, a person who attended the company event said,” Tim Culpan and Ian King report for Bloomberg.

“Improvements still need to be made to the software, Otellini told employees at a company meeting in Taipei today, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the meeting was private,” Culpan and King report. “Microsoft is eager to get Windows 8, the first version of its flagship software compatible with tablets, into computers next month to help it vie with Apple Inc.’s iPad during the crucial holiday shopping season.”

“Intel, the biggest semiconductor maker, is Microsoft ’s closest partner, and Otellini’s remarks echo criticism from analysts such as Michael Cherry at Directions on Microsoft. While Windows is fundamentally sound, the operating system lacks a wide range of robust applications and PC makers haven’t had enough time to work out kinks with so-called drivers, which connect software to such hardware as printers, Cherry said,” Culpan and King report. “‘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,’ Alex Gauna, an analyst at JMP Securities LLC in San Francisco, wrote in a Sept. 13 note in response to versions of Windows 8 shown at Intel’s recent developer forum.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Windows 8ista. We expected nothing more.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “JCF” for the heads up.]

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