Steve Spills the Beans on Windows 8 “Mistakenly” – Due in 2012

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Finally, the hidden stone has been thrown in the public – probably mistakenly – and the whole world is reacting on this within their best capacity. On Monday, speaking at Microsoft developer Conference in Tokyo, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer went on quoting the words “Windows” and “Eight’ together first time. It didn’t surprised many as the Cat was already out of the bag for few months and people were aware about the release of next version of windows sometime in 2012.

Though, people, close to upcoming initiative from Microsoft, have been tight-lipped about any relative development, preferring to keep the thing under wraps. But “unfortunately” Steve Ballmer couldn’t control his emotions and word “Windows 8” slipped out of his tongue without being allowed by his conscious mind. Perhaps, his unconscious mind was driving him at that particular time frame!

Ballmer said” 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”

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To all my surprise, he mentioned Windows 8 slate and Tablets as to different form factors. Does that mean there is still lot to come out form Microsoft on Tablet battle field? Shucks!

People are holding high expectations from Head of Windows Steven Sinofsky who will speak next week at the AllThingD conference and speculations are out that he may show off an internal build of Windows 8.

Besides, As a usual exercise, Microsoft is expected to provide testers with a first tech preview of beta of Windows 8 in mid-September during the company’s developer conference in Anaheim, Calif.

However, As a new twist, Microsoft spokesman has responded to Ballmer’s statement with few clarified strings:

“It appears there was a misstatement. 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.”

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How should we take this statement further? Shall we interpret that the next version of Windows will be nothing but a same old wine in a new bottle? OR company wants to hold all cards to avoid any jerk-breaks before its release? At this point we can only guess leaving on you to judge the best!

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