Windows 8 To Launch In 2012 Confirms Microsoft Boss

Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer has confirmed that their next PC operating system, “Windows 8” will be launched in 2012.

The follow up to their highly successful Windows 7 platform has been kept tightly under wraps, but after speaking at a developers conference in Japan on Monday, it appears that “Windows 8” will be with us next year. Tech Radar has reported that Ballmer referred to the upcoming OS for the first time as “Windows 8”, however Cnet has stated that afterwards the company called his comments a “misstatement.”

The Microsoft boss confirmed that Windows 8 would be available for PCs, tablets and slates, also mentioning that Windows 7 is still doing the rounds and selling exceptionally well. He told the audience in Tokyo that “Windows 7 PCs will sell over 350 million units this year.”

It seems Microsoft want to let us know they have Windows 8 in the works, without giving an awful lot away. They did however tell us that touch, ink, and speech would be added to the OS, as well as a brand new user interface. We reported a while back about the possibility of an app store being added to the desktop, would you like to see it? Are Microsoft going the right way about trying to slowly feed more information to consumers?