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Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's CEO, has always been one to speak his mind – just check out his classic "Developers! Developers!" rant. Microsoft's PR department must have done a collective facepalm when Steve addressed a legion of developers! in Japan on Monday. "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," Steve said enthusiastically, presumably with sweat stains underneath his armpits. Windows 8 in 2012? That's big news!
To paraphrase the clarification Microsoft issued today: Yeah... erm... nevermind. Steve just says things sometimes.
ZDNet reports the the official line is that there hasn't been a release announcement for Windows 8, and in fact, the company is "eagerly awaiting the next generation of Windows 7 hardware that will be available in the coming fiscal year."
Basically, "Shut up, Steve." The clarification comes as no surprise; official news of Windows 8 on the horizon could stall Windows 7 sales as people wait for the new OS. Still, the whole thing's funny – either Microsoft's CEO was full of crap, or he was divulging critical company secrets. And he's in charge!