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Ballmer Says Windows 8 Will be Pretty Important

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 55 comments

He's probably right.

Given that Windows is Microsoft's biggest product, we think that Windows 8 will be a pretty important product for the company. CEO Steve Ballmer agrees.

Speaking at the Imagine Cup in New York City last week, Ballmer spoke briefly about Windows 8. Some parts of his speech are clipped below:

As we take a look over the next several years, we're certainly excited about what we're doing, just like you all came together into project teams and did exciting work and you got excited about it, that's kind of what we get to do every day at Microsoft. Hey, what's Windows 8? How do we drive it? What do we make happen? What are the key phenomena? When do we get to release it? How do we make it better, and better and better? Yes, there are some other guys we compete with. Boom we've got to do better, and better, and better, and better, and better. It's pretty exciting, pretty exciting stuff.

There's at least another 30, 40, or 50 years of great opportunity in the information technology world. And whether you consider yourself a businessperson looking at technology, or a technology person looking at technology, the opportunities for you are really going to be pretty fantastic. There's a lot coming in our own case I think the news, the things that we have to talk to you as a group of technologists over the next few months, Windows 8 will be pretty important. You'll hear more about that at our developer conference Build in September.

Check out the full transcript here.

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    Anonymous , July 17, 2011 11:20 PM
    Is it me or does he looks more like the Penguin from Batman every year.
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    illo , July 17, 2011 10:52 PM
    where was he rick rolled?
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  • 11 Hide
    illo , July 17, 2011 10:52 PM
    where was he rick rolled?
  • 2 Hide
    xsamitt , July 17, 2011 11:05 PM
    In an alley behind the billboard.
  • 23 Hide
    Anonymous , July 17, 2011 11:20 PM
    Is it me or does he looks more like the Penguin from Batman every year.
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    fyasko , July 17, 2011 11:41 PM
    ballmer is ruining MS
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    aznshinobi , July 17, 2011 11:43 PM
    ^ Report this advertising fool.
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    oneblackened , July 17, 2011 11:47 PM
    I saw the same guy doing this over on Ultimate Guitar.

    And no crap it'll be important.
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    JamesSneed , July 17, 2011 11:57 PM
    I just love Ballmers expression. Trying to decide if he just tried to one up Harry Potter by turning Steve Jobs into a worm without using a wand or if he is about to take a bow to Bill Gates holiness.
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    JamesSneed , July 18, 2011 12:01 AM
    What is he supposed to say, oh that Windows 8 is just a minor update to Windows 7 that's why it has the same system requirements.
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    clonazepam , July 18, 2011 12:25 AM
    otacon72People like you is why we pay so much for software. The fact you're proud of it shows how pathetic you are.



    so you didnt download any of the milestones to check it out?
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    Ragnar-Kon , July 18, 2011 12:26 AM
    clonazepamcool cant wait to pirate it

    Pay for your damn software! Many of us make a living off that software you decide to steal.

    The success of Windows 8 might be important for Ballmer's job security, but from what I've seen of it so far, I'll take a pass and stick with Win 7.
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    idono , July 18, 2011 12:35 AM
    I didnt like what they introduced in Windows 8.
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    Kraynor , July 18, 2011 12:39 AM
    clonazepamso you didnt download any of the milestones to check it out?


    There's a difference between downloading a leaked milestone or cracked version (which makes you scum) and testing a publicly available open beta and either purchasing the end product, or rolling back to your previous OS on release.

    Personally, I was on the Windows 7 Beta from the moment it went public, and pre-purchased it as soon as I could because of how much better than Vista it was. I'll be getting the Windows 8 beta if I can, if not I'll probably be getting it when it comes out either way.
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    clonazepam , July 18, 2011 12:43 AM
    i didnt paint the entire picture of my intentions and im not going to cuz it'll just come out like backtracking and i dont care that much. when i examine my specific needs for an operating system i can hardly find any reason to move from xp to win7 other than unecessary eyecandy like dx11, and an unnecessary upgrade from traditional HDDs to SSDs. i use firefox for all web-browsing and email. i use nero 7 for its features. i use free-codecs.com for a player and all the free codecs i could need. i promise to pay for any software that i find useful / enjoyable.

    there's currently no way to purchase windows 8 so i dont have a problem at all for pirating any milestones to check it out.

    Edit: And to further clarify "check it out" means installing it to an old hdd and spending an hour with it. Afterwards, recovering the GBs used to store the iso by deleting it, and the old hdd wiped and tossed on the shelf for my next delving into alternative operating systems whether it be some flavor of linux or to play with some other milestone. My conscience is clear as I am in no way benefiting from any unpaid-for software.
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    someguynamedmatt , July 18, 2011 12:48 AM
    Oh. Huh. I was expecting Steve to come out and say that Windows 8 will play no importance whatsoever and not be worth even looking at. Wow. I really wasn't expecting this.
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    Anonymous , July 18, 2011 12:55 AM
    Holy crap, unbiased factual reporting on windows 8. Woo!
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    mlopinto2k1 , July 18, 2011 1:19 AM
    Jesus Christ people.. it's just an opinion!!!! Lighten up!
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    christop , July 18, 2011 1:39 AM
    Good luck with 8..I will stick with 7 for a long time. Maybe beta 8 but I am not buying it.
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    vincentyu , July 18, 2011 2:28 AM
    Windows8 = (Windows7 + tablet_interface) recompiled to ARM processors
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