Ballmer confirms Windows 8 systems on sale in 2012

first_imgWindows 7 has been a resounding success for Microsoft, helping to push customer satisfaction levels to an all-time high. The boys in Redmond aren’t resting on their laurels, however, and work on Windows 8 continues at a rapid pace. There’s been talk of Microsoft showing Windows 8 off at the upcoming All Things D conference in June, and that seems like a certainty following CEO Steve Ballmer’s new revelations at the Microsoft’s Developer Forum in Japan.Ballmer told attendees that the next generation of Windows systems will come out next year, later adding that “you ought to expect to hear a lot about … Windows 8 slates, tablets, PCs, a variety of different form factors.” It might not seem like a big deal, but some in Redmond clearly do. A Microsoft spokesperson quickly reached out to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, saying Ballmer had made a “misstatement.” The company has yet to formally announce any formal naming or information regarding the timing of its release, but 2012 has been the projected target for Windows 8 for quite some time.It’s interesting, however, that Ballmer chose to differentiate between slates and tablets. The two terms are often used interchangeably, but Microsoft has talked before about different devices for content consumption and content creation. While the “next generation of Windows devices” could indeed be powered by Windows 8, the ones Ballmer was talking about could, in fact, be running Windows Embedded Compact — which Microsoft is pushing as its slate operating system.If that turns out to be the case, it doesn’t preclude a Windows 8 release in 2012 — it just means all Ballmer really confirmed is that someone at Microsoft thinks Windows 8 is a decent choice for the next release.More at Microsoft and ZDNetlast_img

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