Intel at its Investor Meeting 2011 in Santa Clara, California spoke about Windows 8 and how it would run on x86 and ARM architectures. Now Microsoft is refuting the information that Intel provided about Windows 8, calling them "factually inaccurate."
To recap, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the Software and Services Group Renee James told people at the meeting that Intel chips would be the most widely compatible for running Windows 8.
"[Windows 8 traditional] means that our customers, or anyone who has an Intel-based or an x86-based product, will be able to run either Windows 7 mode or Windows 8 mode," she said. "They'll run all of their old applications, all of their old files – there'll be no issue."
"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."
Microsoft is unhappy with the information that Intel presented, but is not picking any particular point to clarify.
BusinessInsider quoted the following as the Microsoft denial:
"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."
Hopefully Microsoft with clarify soon.