Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has claimed that the company’s next-generation of Windows “will be pretty important.”
Ballmer made his remarks at an Imagine Cup 2011 event in New York on Friday. The software giant brought together some of the brainiest students to showcase their work and efforts to solve real world problems using technology. Ballmer praised the various groups of students who are participating in the event. Over 300,000 students registered for the Imagine Cup 2011 and the winners will be announced next week.
Ballmer spoke briefly about Windows 8 and the future of what Microsoft is doing. “As we take a look over the next several years, we’re certainly excited about what we’re doing,” said Ballmer.
“What’s Windows 8? How do we drive it? What do we make happen? What are the key phenomena? When do we get to release it? How do we make it better, and better and better? Yes, there are some other guys we compete with. Boom we’ve got to do better, and better, and better, and better, and better. It’s pretty exciting, pretty exciting stuff.”
Ballmer also spoke about Microsoft’s Xbox plans and how the company’s excitement and innovation is driving the Xbox into living rooms worldwide. Microsoft is moving to the cloud according to Ballmer. “We’re moving to the cloud. Everything is moving to the cloud,” he said. Ballmer also said he was excited by the company’s Bing service. “Bing. Bing is a service that is probably amongst the things I’m most excited about at Microsoft, most excited.”
Ballmer rounded his speech off with a brief mention of Windows 8 again. He claimed that Windows 8 “will be pretty important,” echoing previous comments at a Gartner conference in late 2010 where he revealed that the next version of Windows will be the company’s riskiest product bet.
“Whether you consider yourself a businessperson looking at technology, or a technology person looking at technology, the opportunities for you are really going to be pretty fantastic. There’s a lot coming in our own case I think the news, the things that we have to talk to you as a group of technologists over the next few months, Windows 8 will be pretty important. You’ll hear more about that at our developer conference Build in September. But, you’re going to see a stream of things from us.”
The full transcript of Ballmer’s speech is available here.