Microsoft has denied revelations made by Intel about Windows 8, although things nevertheless remain blurred.
This isn’t a great surprise and we anticipated that it would at least upset Microsoft a little - Renee James revealed some details about Windows 8. Microsoft won’t have Intel’s vice-president of Software & Services Group’s head as was suggested in a rumour sent to Microsoft employees, even though it has been suggested he was behind the Windows 8 leaks.
On Tuesday, Renee James let slip that Microsoft’s next version of their operating system would be available in four version for ARM architecture. These could run new applications or cloud applications, but none will be able to run current Windows applications compiled for x86 and x86_64 architecture.
Intel of course used the news to their advantage to point out that their x86 architecture would be compatible with all existing software, with the company also looking to carry their architecture to the tablets market. They are looking at adapting a traditional version of Windows 8 to the x86 architecture used in Windows 7.
While Microsoft has already officially announced they will support ARM on Windows 8, Renee James seems to have said too much. The software giant has also denied information contained within a release reported by Business Insider.
"Intel’s statements during yesterday’s Intel Investor Meeting about Microsoft’s plans for the next version of Windows were factually inaccurate and unfortunately misleading. From the first demonstrations of Windows on SoC, we have been clear about our goals and have emphasized that we are at the technology demonstration stage. As such, we have no further details or information at this time. "
Such a statement doesn’t really precise what information Intel has released that is "factually inaccurate" and "unfortunately misleading".