Intel has just released a statement in response to comments about the readiness of Windows 8 allegedly made by the company's CEO Paul Otellini. Yesterday, Otellini reportedly told staff that Windows 8 would be released before it's ready — but Intel says the comments are based on "unsubstantiated news reports." The company seems to have stopped short of denying that Otellini made the comment, but offered plenty of rosy comments for its partner Microsoft.

"Windows 8 is one of the best things that ever happened to Intel."

Intel says it's had "a long and successful heritage working with Microsoft on the release of Windows platforms," and that the companies have been "working closely together on testing and validation to ensure delivery of a high-quality experience." Yesterday, Intel declined to discuss details of its internal employee meetings, but has today offered unrelated comments from Otellini, who says that "Windows 8 is one of the best things that ever happened to Intel."