Windows 8 coming to smartphones says Microsoft's Steve Ballmer

Windows 8 coming to smartphones says Microsoft's Steve Ballmer
On Tuesday, at the Microsoft stockholders' meeting, company CEO Steve Ballmer let slip Microsoft's intention to develop Windows 8 for smartphones. Ballmer was responding to a question about whether we have seen the Post-PC era and started his response by saying that we will always be in the Windows era. He added that Microsoft plans on "driving Windows down to the phone with Windows 8".

While Microsoft has stated its goal is to unify the desktop and mobile platforms, no Microsoft executive has stepped forward to discuss a version of Windows 8 for handsets-until now. And while the version of Windows 8 that will be used on a smartphone will probably be different in many ways than the one on a PC, most likely they will share the NT kernel that is at the heart of Microsoft's desktop OS. The Redmond based firm currently uses the CE kernel for its mobile software.

If smartphones do start running Windows 8, it will be easier to port software-like apps-between Microsoft devices. Earlier this year, Microsoft said it would develop a version of Windows 8 for tablets and that it would not adopt its mobile phone OS to such devices like others have done (iOS, Android). Speculation is that Samsung, HTC and others have been working on tablets that will run on Windows 8. Just the other day, Microsoft detailed a new notification system that will be on Windows 8 along with longer battery life on devices running the software.

source: BusinessInsider

UPDATE: It turns out that it has all been a misinterpretation of Ballmer's words. Here is how several reports quoted his statement:


And here is what he actually said:


Sorry, folks, but Windows 8 might not be coming to smartphones after all.

source: Microsoft via Engadget

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53 Comments

1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

they are being smart.. a lil snippit here, a lil snippit there.. keeps them in the headlines for free.

32. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

When you have a raging sales success like MS has with WP7, the only thing you can do to stay relevant is to talk up the future. Here is a prediction - 2 years from now when WP8 is doing like 2.0 million activations/quarter (and Android will be doing like 2.0 million activations/day), Steve (if he is still at MS) will be talking up WP9.... The only bigger bozos are the two who have run RIM into the ground.

34. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I love Android, but the thought that because it is so successful that there is no room for something different to grow is short sighted Doug. I really enjoy the WP performance and the way it is supported, and there is more than enough business for a strong 3rd and fourth OS ecosystem out there. Here is a prediction: 1 year from now, Windows will be a solid third place (worldwide sales) and WP 8 will launch like gangbusters with a built in advertisement campaign from the still #1 PC software bringing along the OS to new heights. 2 years from now WP will be setting sales records for it's platform and Steve Ballmer still will be whooping it up as top dog. And Android will still be the #1 OS by far. Beers for everyone.

40. Penny

Posts: 1847; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Hate to break it to ya Doug, but nobody stays on top forever, no matter how strong your personal feelings for them may be right now. Why mock competitors for trying?

45. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

\'Why mock competitors for trying?\' Um.... Because the only thing keeping MS in the smartphone game is their cash cow from Windows and Office on the desktop? If they didn\'t have that huge cash flow to paper over three failures in a row, they would have gone the way that Palm went. MS may be a third leg of the smartphone OS marketplace, but that will be more due to the inability of RIM to compete than any market prowess on MS part.

46. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Something about PA posting function that is including extraneous characters if there is a \" or a \'.....

47. Penny

Posts: 1847; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

So basically, you're saying: A.) WP is only alive because MS is successful in other products. Which of course is something we should count against them. B.) Palm is dead, WP should die too. Good riddance! C.) Any success attained by WP will be due to failures of other competitors. And, none of this even explains why one should mock competitors for trying. Instead, you further mocked MS as a competitor. I'm just...not going to try Doug. Enjoy your enthusiasm for technology - as long as it comes from the specific products and companies you support, of course.

2. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

*punches Ballmer in the face* Ah, I feel better now.

7. ilia1986 unregistered

Better punch TC. He's the inspiration for Ballmer, together with the rotten fruit company.

9. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

*Joins sniggly* feels better

18. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

lol Ok then I will 1up you both. I will go old school wrestling & I will drop kick him in the face. lol *Joins Sniggly & biophone* feels better.

31. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

imma jimmy "supafly" snooka right off the top ropes into his face. old school that :)

43. Cinnamon

Posts: 87; Member since: Jun 16, 2011

You killed it D:

53. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

DOH! lol

20. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Sniggs, bio, Super- you all is a bunch of playground bullies, picking on poor Ballmer. Big, big meanies!!!! But, so long as you feel better. XD

21. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

he does feel better

25. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I like the WP7 platform, Ballmer just rubs me the wrong way. lol It be fun though, you know to go super saiyan on Ballmer.

44. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Judging by the picture he is ready for us singly :)

48. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Oh, I don't doubt that Ballmer's a scrapper, lol. Just looking at him and his high energy deliveries I bet he could've been a boxer or something. But you guys are all awesome and funny. Just thought I'd let you all know. :)

3. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

call me crazy but when Bada is beating Microsft.. you need more than Windows 8 on a cell phone.. try raising the "rent".. on the HTC devices... or something...

15. kainy

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 10, 2011

Bada is not beating Microsoft ...

19. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

galli - U is freaking crazy. Now that we got that out of the way, Bada is a Samsung plaything only released in certain markets. WP is hitting the world wide market hard, with new handset makers and new markets. Windows will be leaving Bada way behind in just Q4 of this year. RIM should be worried in 2012.

23. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

"Samsung's bada OS continues to sell better than Microsoft's Windows Phone,"... just sayin.. is on another article...

24. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Hey, facts is facts and you are right. I am just really, really sure after this quarter WP will be selling at a much better pace in a whole bunch of markets they did not access to while Bada did. Or else WP will look really, really stupid...

50. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

For once, gallito is right Bada has more sales that WP7. In america we just dont think about it because its not really availible. But yes, in world wide over all sales, Bada is above WP7. Not by much, but Samsung is beating MS with its feature phone OS.

4. GoodFella

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Aggressive... I like how Microsoft, even though they are behind, is aggressively pursuing a better and better platform. I know everyone is racing to be the best, but Windows is really in hot pursuit... Now, for some LTE phones...

5. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

This is talk. Let's see some products.

10. Penny

Posts: 1847; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

WP 7.5. Fact, not fiction.

12. Penny

Posts: 1847; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

What I meant by that, by the way, is not that there is evidence of Windows 8 for smartphones, but that Microsoft is indeed working hard to better their platform, as evidenced by WP 7.5 and Windows 8 for Tablets and PCs.

27. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

As a Verizon customer, the only thing I see is the Trophy. As a Verizon customer, it would be silly to lock yourself into a 3G phone for the next 2 years. Lets see some 4G LTE products. Otherwise they are still behind. I believe some market study stated that, no other phone company can stand a chance if they do not offer a 4G phone except Apple. I agree.

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