Microsoft Pulls Back on Ballmer’s Windows 8 Statements in Japan

Posted by at 11:16 pm on May 24, 2011

Microsoft backed away from comments made yesterday 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.”

According to a transcript of his Monday speech made available by Microsoft, Ballmer said Monday that, “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.”

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