According to Intel's CEO Paul Otellini, Windows 8 is shipping with known problems. "Improvements still need to be made to the software," Otellini told employees at a company meeting in Taiwan yesterday.
As we have been saying for quite some time now, Windows 8 is Microsoft's last chance of becoming semi-relevant again. Its tiled Metro operating system is what Microsoft has bet the farm on to compete in the mobile market.
If Otellini is correct (and we have no reason for him to be wrong), a buggy Windows 8 could quash any hope for a Microsoft comeback. CEO Steve Ballmer would be ousted and Microsoft would need to reinvent itself — something it has yet to show itself capable of during its 30 year existence. If Ballmer is able to survive a failed Windows 8 launch, then Microsoft will go down as the dumbest company in the history. Ballmer's inability to see smart phones and tablets as the next decade of computing — even as early on Blackberry was proving the mobile space to be lucrative — shows he may know how to manage a winner, but doesn't know how to adapt to market conditions when the game changes. To be fair, few often do.