Intel CEO Paul Otellini seems to be extremely excited about Microsoft’s upcoming Operating System. So excited in fact that he said Windows 8 is “one of the best things that’s ever happened to our company.”
Speaking at a Credit Suisse technology conference, Otellini discounted worries that ARM will hurt Intel, that the PC is toast and that the chip giant can’t do mobile well.
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.
What Microsoft is doing is making that seamless for them. And they have a new experience, which they call Metro, that’s the interface up there. But for Intel-based machines, there is also one button that basically takes you back to your classic Windows experience and that’s a software button essentially.
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.
Try that if you don’t have a driver, doesn’t work. On the other hand, if that tablet is running [an extension] of Windows, it’s going to work just like it works with the PC today. So there is a huge advantage built in that we think we have as the Windows 8 products start launching.
I’m glad he’s that thrilled. (*sarcasm*)
There seems to be a lot of enthusiasm from hardware vendors about this Operating System as their profits for the next 5 years will probably tied to the perceived success or failure of Windows 8.
Here are some new marketing images that seem to have come from the conference as well.