“One of the best things” ever happened to them.
At the Credit Suisse Technology Conference, Intel’s CEO Paul Otellini went into overdrive about Windows 8, lavishing praise on Microsoft’s upcoming operating system. In fact, Otellini likes Win8 so much that he said it was “one of the best things that’s ever happened to our company”.
One of the particular things that Intel is curious, and banking on, is Win8′s dual interface capabilities – one, a legacy Win7 style desktop, and another, the new Metro desktop UI that is being developed specifically with tablets and touchscreens in mind.
“We are very excited about Windows 8. I think it’s one of the best things that’s ever happened to our Company. And it’s a very good operating system, not just for PCs, but we think also will allow tablets to really get a legitimacy into mainstream computing, particularly in enterprises that they don’t have today. A lot of the enterprise managers are worried about security, they’re worried about the difficulty affording their legacy applications over to an Android tablet or to an iPad,” he said.
“So you’re just running one manifestation of the operating system with two different GUIs, if you will, it’s not running on virtual machines, it’s one manifestation. So this gives us, x86, in particular, I think a unique advantage as Windows 8 comes to market, because we can take advantage of all the legacy that was ever written, and all of the fact that all the drivers for the mice and for printers and every other USB device in the world. For example, getting photos off your camera and onto a tablet.”
Otellini also promoted Intel’s new Ultrabook, saying it was a concept for making laptops sleeker, faster, secure and non-price heavy.