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.