Ballmer Confirms Windows 8 To Be Launched Next Year

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has hinted at some of the upcoming features on the Windows 8 platform and confirmed that it will be launched next year.

According to International Business Times, the CEO made the revelations while speaking at the Microsoft Developer Forum in Tokyo.

Ballmer hinted that the Windows 8 platform, which will come with support for ARM processors for use in tablet devices, will offer support for touch, ink and speech.

“We're obviously hard at work on the next version of Windows... 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,” he said, hinting at things to come.

“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,” Ballmer continued.

ZDNet claims that a Microsoft spokesperson revealed that Ballmer had made a misstatement when he was talking about Windows 8. The spokesperson said, "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."