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



52. Mojobobo

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

i install skyrim on android now? ^_^

49. Jericho unregistered

There will be a windows phone 8 and it will sure heat things up.

39. razblack

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

windows will come out ahead.. as it always has, because you know it will and so do the others. but balmar.. dude, please step down. can we get someone that is more inspirational and not such a thug-a-lug

42. readingthissh1t

Posts: 303; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

ballmer needs to get kicked lol

38. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

I love the pictures they use on the articles regarding Steve Ballmer, cracks me up!

37. rcrider4

Posts: 118; Member since: Nov 14, 2011

35. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

at the other techsite they said that balmer clarifies that windows 8 isn't coming to mobile phones. this is really confusing.

30. shatou

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 24, 2009

It's really amazing that Engadget reporting that "Microsoft clarifies that Windows 8 isn't coming to phones"!! Link:

33. Penny

Posts: 1880; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Ah you just shattered my hopes! Well, even the statement from Microsoft PR in that article isn't conclusive, so there is still hope...

28. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

I hope he is wrong I hate m$

26. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

This is great!!!

22. snowgator

Posts: 3630; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

This is what Windows needs to offer something that Android and iOS doesn't- access to a ecosystem that is huge and seamless across many devices. Windows Phones will not catch up in a lot of departments with the two top dogs for a while- they have way too large of a head start. But Windows 8 if done well and if you keep legacy support for your just released phones will have a hook to get them in the balpark. You have to get to be a strong #3 before you can challenge for #1, and this should get you to #3.

17. Jericho unregistered

i agree with jeff about windows phone 7 not the ios part.

14. mrvid

Posts: 77; Member since: Oct 02, 2008

Who cares about Windows anyway??

16. kainy

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 10, 2011

Like everyone?

13. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

So many haters on so many levels... that's when you know you are doing something right. MSFT just needs to be organized and go forth with their business in a bold and timely - yet error free - manner.

11. Penny

Posts: 1880; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I was expecting Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 to be bring the two platforms closer together, but I did not expect them to bridge the gap so quickly. If they can manage to use the same Windows kernel on their smartphone platform, that is a huge step forward in my opinion. I also agree with Jeff above in that I am happy to see Microsoft not being complacent and instead pushing the pace of development.

8. JeffdaBeat unregistered

I'm actually quite excited to see Windows 8 in action. I was incredibly impressed by Windows Phone 7. It shows that Microsoft understands that they cannot be complacent and that there are companies out there that are strong enough to make Microsoft irrelevant. Sure WP7 didn't do exceptionally well, but Microsoft knows what they did right and wrong with it and can capitalize on it. I know I'm big on iOS, but the only way my OS (and yours) will continue to get better is if we keep having strong competition. Plus...I dunno...I'm excited to see if they can actually make this one platform actually work.

51. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i think they can make it work. It works pretty darn good now. the trick is, can they convince people to leave iOS and Android to come over to WP7 in large enough numbers to be relevant.

6. ilia1986 unregistered

Oh dear God. Now our smartphones will have BSODs, the registry, and what not. I know what MS is trying to do here: be like Apple. They will have their own store for Metro apps, and then force everyone else to use them, as these Metro apps will be the only apps also capable of running on Win 8 phones.

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: 1880; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

WP 7.5. Fact, not fiction.

12. Penny

Posts: 1880; 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.

29. Penny

Posts: 1880; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Funny enough, I actually am a Verizon customer with the HTC Trophy. Now I will be the first to tell you that the HTC Trophy itself is pretty mediocre hardware, and I was really hoping that Verizon would get other WP7 phones before I upgraded. I'm also not going to defend getting a 3G phone over a 4G phone, because 4G is obviously better given the choice. However, I didn't consider it to be a deal breaker because I spend most of my time on secure Wi-Fi networks anyway, and I'm sure this would still be the case for many people. For me, it basically came down to this: get a middle-of-the-road phone with the operating system I wanted, or get a newer LTE phone with the operating system I didn't really want (Samsung Charge with Android). I went with the former (HTC Trophy), and my brother ended up going with the latter (Samsung Charge). I can tell you right now, that 4 months after we got our phones, I am completely happy with my experience, while my brother has passed his honeymoon phase and is less satisfied with his choice overall. You are right that in the market, 4G LTE adoption will be pretty much necessary to capitalize on market opportunity. But that doesn't mean it is silly to opt for the experience rather than the hardware, when you can't have both.

36. snowgator

Posts: 3630; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

You inspire me, Penny, as I may end up at Verizon and pretty much had written off the Trophy due to my dislike of the hardware. I was going to go with the Droid 3 until a WP device came out I was excited about. Maybe I will give the Trophy one more shot...

41. Penny

Posts: 1880; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Don't let me persuade you one way or the other; the point is simply to go with whatever device best satisfies your needs. Don't go for the best hardware if you are not going to enjoy the OS, don't go for the OS if you are dissatisfied with the hardware. If it helps you any, I could give you a breakdown of the things I like and don't like about the Trophy before you make your decision, although I don't know if there is a way to PM you on PhoneArena.

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 ...

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