Microsoft and Intel have appeared in public as partners until recently, when Microsoft rebutted comments made by a top Intel executive regarding Windows 8.

There are few details surrounding the next installment of Microsoft's operating system. But Intel senior vice president Renee James hinted on Tuesday that there will be four versions of Windows 8 running on the ARM processor. These versions, she said, will not support legacy software and applications.

James also claimed that Windows will come in different versions to run on both tablets and PCs.

Microsoft did not address these specific claims, releasing a statement on Thursday that merely dismissed James's remarks in their entirety. 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, Microsoft said.

From the first demonstrations of Windows on [system on a chip], 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.

In January, Microsoft demonstrated its Windows operating system running on an ARM-designed chipset, as the company has been working to develop a version of its operating system that does not rely on more than one component.

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