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Ballmer Says Windows 8 Will be Pretty Important

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 (opens in new tab).

Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • xsamitt
    You've been rick rolled.
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  • illo
    where was he rick rolled?
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  • xsamitt
    In an alley behind the billboard.
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  • Is it me or does he looks more like the Penguin from Batman every year.
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  • fyasko
    ballmer is ruining MS
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  • aznshinobi
    ^ Report this advertising fool.
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  • oneblackened
    I saw the same guy doing this over on Ultimate Guitar.

    And no crap it'll be important.
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  • clonazepam
    cool cant wait to *bleep* ;P
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  • JamesSneed
    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
    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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