Ballmer promises Windows 8 PCs, slates and tablets in 2012

By Tom Warren, on 24th May 11 9:52 am with 7 Comments

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has promised a Windows 8 release next year.

Ballmer, speaking at Microsoft’s Developer Forum in Japan on Monday, promised a Windows 8 release across PCs, tablets and slates next year. “As we progress through the year, you ought to expect to hear a lot about Windows 8,” said Ballmer. “Windows 8 slates, tablets, PCs, a variety of different form factors.” Ballmer’s mention of Windows 8 is a stark contrast to that of his colleagues. Steven Sinofsky and the Windows team typically refers to Windows 8 as the “next-generation” of Windows, avoiding the 8 branding. Mary Jo Foley reports that a Microsoft spokesperson referred to Ballmer’s words as a “misstatement.”

“We’re obviously hard at work on the next version of Windows. Windows 7 PCs will sell over 350 million units this year. We’ve done a lot in Windows 7 to improve customer satisfaction. We have a brand new user interface. We’ve added touch, and ink, and speech. And yet, as we look forward to the next generation of Windows systems, which will come out next year, there’s a whole lot more coming. As we progress through the year, you ought to expect to hear a lot about Windows 8. Windows 8 slates, tablets, PCs, a variety of different form factors.”

Windows Chief Steven Sinofsky will appear at the All Things Digital D9 conference next week. WinRumors reported on Monday that Sinofsky plans to demo Windows 8 at the conference. The demo will likely only be a “technology preview” of what Microsoft is planning for its tablet and slate come back. Microsoft has been secretly preparing an “immersive” tablet experience inside Windows 8. The “immersive” experience will include a Metro based user interface according to sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans. Microsoft will include a new application model codenamed “Jupiter” that will allow developers to create Silverlight based applications, deployed as AppX packages (.appx). The packages will be part of a new Windows application store, pre-installed with Windows 8. WinRumors understands the company will be looking to provide an easy way for existing Windows Phone developers to scale their applications for use with Jupiter.

Microsoft has so far been extremely quiet on the Windows 8 front. Windows Chief, Steven Sinofsky, took to the stage at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January to introduce a technology preview of Microsoft’s Windows ARM support and show off an early build of Windows 8. Microsoft is partnering with ARM-based manufactures NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments to produce new Tablet devices. Rumors suggest that Microsoft will create a dual-UI for Windows 8. A tile-based user interface codenamed “Mosh” will reportedly be included.

Steve Ballmer has described the next release of Windows as the company’s “riskiest product bet”. It is understood that Microsoft will feature deep cloud integration into the future OS to realise its vision of “three screens and a cloud”. One Microsoft employee recently said he believes Windows 8 will be the “most important Windows ever shipped.”

  • Anonymous

    So we should expect a beta here soon then huh?

    what i want to know is if Media Center is still a core component of Windows 8

  • Anonymous

    So we should expect a beta here soon then huh?

    what i want to know is if Media Center is still a core component of Windows 8

  • http://doctorwhofan98.wordpress.com/ doctorwhofan98

    I’ll get the beta ASAP! Is it definitely going to be called “Windows 8″ then? Not “Windows Next”?

  • TryllZ88

    I don’t know why but I feel M$ will blow th ecompetition with W8,like it has with Mango update for WP7..

    • http://twitter.com/mcakins McAkins Online

      Yeah, the same feeling here. MS is slow like a beheamoth, but boy, when they get in motion, there is no stopping them. Ooh by the way, please stop using the dollar sign ($) on MS, its so 90s, it doesn’t hold anymore, if you wanna use the dollar sign, kock yourself out with iFruity company, they have the most money now.

  • SBmustGO

    Once again Balmier blowing smoke:

    Computerworld - Microsoft yesterday backed away from comments made by CEO Steve Ballmer, who had told Japanese software developers that the next version of Windows would be dubbed Windows 8, and that it would launch in 2012.”It appears there was a misstatement,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement the company issued Monday afternoon. “We are eagerly awaiting the next generation of Windows 7 hardware that will be available in the coming fiscal year. To date, we have yet to formally announce any timing or naming for the next version of Windows.”

  • http://twitter.com/mcakins McAkins Online

    Anyone noticed we don’t see Windows 8 leaks anymore since those two MS staffs were fired a few weeks ago? I think all employee are now aware how serious MS is about leaks. Windows 8 FTW!