Microsoft: Intel wrong about Windows 8

Windows president Steven Sinofsky

Microsoft Windows president Steven Sinofsky and his team have claimed that Intel comments about Windows 8's inability to run legacy Windows applications on its ARM version are "factually inaccurate and unfortunately misleading".

Intel senior vice president Renee James had previously stated that applications created to run on the Intel x86 family of processors would not work on an ARM version of the new OS.

She also previously stated that there will be four ARM versions in total, with none of them running apps designed for another: "There will be four Windows 8 SoCs for ARM," she said. "Each one will run for that specific ARM environment, and they will run new applications or cloud-based applications....They are neither forward- nor backward-compatible between their own architecture – different generations of a single vendor – nor are they compatible across different vendors. Each one is a unique stack.

However, this has prompted an angry response from Sinofsky and Microsoft who released the following statement:

"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 emphasised that we are at the technology demonstration stage. As such, we have no further details or information at this time."

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