Microsoft Retracts Ballmer's Claim That Windows Will Launch In 2012

Microsoft has retracted comments made by CEO Steve Ballmer about the Windows 8 operating system during a conference in Japan.

Speaking during the Microsoft Developer Forum in Japan, Ballmer mentioned that the platform will be arriving in 2012 on different form factors including ‘slates and tablets’.

“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 had said, acknowledging that the Windows 7 successor will be called Windows 8.

However, it seems that Ballmer let slip more than he should have, with the company going into damage control mode by claiming that Ballmer’s comments were a misstatement.

“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,” a Microsoft spokesperson said via email, ComputerWorld reports.

Even if the next version of Windows is being referred as Windows 8 by most analysts and blogs, Microsoft chooses to distance it self from the name. When it comes to revealing product names, the company is usually tight-lipped.