Microsoft walks back Ballmer’s Windows 8 comments

“Microsoft yesterday backed away from comments made 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,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld. “‘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.'”

Keizer reports, “Michael Cherry, an analyst with Kirkland, Wash.-based Directions on Microsoft, wondered exactly what part of Ballmer’s comments Monday were misstatements. ‘Was it the name, Windows 8?’ Cherry asked. ‘Or was it [the release in] 2012? Sometimes this is like being a soothsayer, pulling apart the entrails of animals.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: While it is telling – we’d say shocking, but nothing about Ballmer shocks us anymore – that the CEO doesn’t know what to say or not to say about his own company’s products, this whole thing just gives us a case of the Whatevers. We already have real Macs.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “James W.” for the heads up.]

30 Comments

    1. @TT:

      This has to be one of, if not, the best comment I have read in a long time! Many kudos! I am still laughing! It warms my heart! Thanks for brightening my day! (And it is Thursday here in Oz – a cold, bright sunny winter day!) Thanks again.

    1. Well, to be fair to the man, I feel, at the very least, he embodies two men himself.

      Physical prowess aside, in his energy, decision making and enthusiasm, he is his own co-CEO and cheerleader. I refer you to his developer, developer, developer dance. On a Leno show, he wouldn’t need a parade of dancing judge Itos, Ballmer alone will suffice.
      Some of us suspect, he may even have an extra something inside to lend over to Google if needed. We can only hope.

  1. In Ballmer’s defense he hasn’t been to a board meeting in years. I mean, who the heck schedules those things during the same time as Power Rangers is on!?

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