Steve Ballmer confirms 2012 launch for Windows 8, which Microsoft swiftly denies

Microsoft has announced that the next version of Windows will be released in 2012.

According to Australia's IT News, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told a developer conference in Tokyo that Windows 8 would be released in 2012, claiming that it will encompass offerings for 'slates, tablets, PCs, a variety of form factors'.

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 and 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. The browser is an area where we've been very active. Internet Explorer 9 is the fastest browser around because of the way that we've married it to Windows systems and allow essentially full exploitation of the hardware to have the fastest and most beautiful web on the planet run on Windows systems.”

However the news on Windows 8 was swiftly denied by a Microsoft spokesperson, who claimed that Ballmer made an error and called the announcement a 'misstatement'.

A spokesperson for Microsoft told ZDNet it was '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,” they said in a statement.

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