Microsoft's Ballmer talks Windows 8, Windows Phone 7 and more

Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer has been making more comments about Microsoft's future projects, including Windows 8. Ballmer made his latest remarks at the 2011 edition of the Imagine Cup finals, an annual competition that brings together hundreds of student programmers from around the world. This year's Imagine Cup, which is sponsored by Microsoft is being held in New York City. Ballmer's opening speech is reprinted on Microsoft's web site where he admitted that this is the first time he has attended the Imagine Cups finals.

Ballmer talked about a number of Microsoft's divisions and businesses in his speech. He spoke in general about Windows 8, saying, "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."  Later in his speech Ballmer stated, "Windows 8 will be pretty important. You’ll hear more about that at our developer conference Build in September." Rumors have already hit the Internet that the Build conference is where Microsoft will release the first beta version of Windows 8.

Ballmer also spoke about the Windows Phone business, saying, " ... we're charging forward with Nokia. We have the second generation of our phones coming out this Christmas, and people are starting to do things they had never imagined before." he also talked about the recently launch of the cloud-based Office 365 software suite and how businesses in general are using cloud based services more and more. He states, "Twelve months ago, you talked to these big corporate IT departments and they'd say, we're not moving to the cloud. They were very conservative. Here we are 12 months later, and people are saying, we know we've got to go, we've got to move. We don't know exactly how quickly, some things will move fast and slow."

Ballmer also briefly mentioned the company's upcoming acquisition of the Skype Internet phone service and also the Bing search engine, stating, " ... most of us as human beings want to command these systems to do something for us. And the core technology we're developing to understand and try to simulate the world of users and what they're interested in, and how they want to get it done is all being done in Bing."

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whatever they will do it will never be as stable as linux or macintosh, microsoft never inovated, they just make stuff .. now this new app thing in windows 8 i dont see the point of it, some may do, but other may not, and if one day i decide to buy windows 8 i will have to buy that part of it, which i will most likely never use.. sounds like a pretty damn good deal to me

allwynd said,
whatever they will do it will never be as stable as linux or macintosh

Can't speak for everybody of course, but I've never found Linux to be very stable at all beyond the core operating system. Shoot some of them bomb even just using a live CD, Ubuntu's usually the biggest offender there. Credit to OSX though, think I've run into Crash Reporter a couple times over the past year, about on par with Windows 7 more or less.

Microsoft never innovated? Riiiight. That's why everybody's in a hurry to imitate portions of their software. Hate to break it to you, but they all do it, some are just much worse at it than others.

allwynd said,
whatever they will do it will never be as stable as linux or macintosh, microsoft never inovated, they just make stuff .. now this new app thing in windows 8 i dont see the point of it, some may do, but other may not, and if one day i decide to buy windows 8 i will have to buy that part of it, which i will most likely never use.. sounds like a pretty damn good deal to me

norseman said,

Please leave this discussion. You have nothing worthwhile to add to it. Stick with your XP/iPad and be done with it.

"We have the second generation of our phones coming out this Christmas"

wow they are so far behind, even if they and their partners developed devices/OS as fast as firefox 5 was they would still be 6 months behind...

As for windows 8, from what they've shown... I'd rather not have unnecessary and useless tablet garbage all over or even anywhere near a desktop pc OS end of story, I don't care how smooth and fancy it is cause if I did I'd use media centre but I don't.

Digitalx said,
"We have the second generation of our phones coming out this Christmas"

wow they are so far behind, even if they and their partners developed devices/OS as fast as firefox 5 was they would still be 6 months behind...

As for windows 8, from what they've shown... I'd rather not have unnecessary and useless tablet garbage all over or even anywhere near a desktop pc OS end of story, I don't care how smooth and fancy it is cause if I did I'd use media centre but I don't.

So because WP7 is so far behind they should just quit? What's your point?

Digitalx said,
"We have the second generation of our phones coming out this Christmas"

wow they are so far behind, even if they and their partners developed devices/OS as fast as firefox 5 was they would still be 6 months behind...

As for windows 8, from what they've shown... I'd rather not have unnecessary and useless tablet garbage all over or even anywhere near a desktop pc OS end of story, I don't care how smooth and fancy it is cause if I did I'd use media centre but I don't.

Please leave this discussion. You have nothing worthwhile to add to it. Stick with your XP/iPad and be done with it.

Digitalx said,
"We have the second generation of our phones coming out this Christmas"

wow they are so far behind, even if they and their partners developed devices/OS as fast as firefox 5 was they would still be 6 months behind...

Yeah isn't that a shame for apple that even their fifth generation iOS exceedingly lacks in feature and isn't mature enough compared to second generation WP? Don't forget its the developer community that made iOS what it is today. Without them they never even had a proper notifications system.

i use a version of windows 8 http://zeusosx.deviantart.com/...-8-build-7955-mod-215342110 for teting purpose , though even in 2011 to 8 no more contoling of parts of explorer (only in xp we could add or dissapear search, etc in explorer) so what is fantastic, the transporting of office style to explorer? the only shortcut works to this section is alt+p for appearing / dissapearind details container (details +preview pane)

my poor opinion is that there in microsoft they have no dream (except the global commersial imperium) , and the commercial policy for selling windows to big companies.
so no dream no think .

on the other apple has that big maestro the man everytime he speaks or make something new, even if it is a 'smal'l ipod, all the world look at his eyes and lips, at his thought with ownest admire.

mr balmer if you are not good to speak dont do it
i am also not good, but i am not microsoft's boss.
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MFH said,

That's a 3rd-party mod for Win7 not Win8…

Build 7955.fbl_srv_wdacxml.1100228-1930.a1b6210f837a32cf
the visual style and shellstyle.dll is complete new as also the ui files of shell32.dll , the dwm etc
also ribbonui included but for making appear needed some changes. (there is a 3rd party application for making it appear) ribbonui image elements are in explrorerframe.dll, if you want any screenshot of those i can give you.
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idas said,
Build 7955.fbl_srv_wdacxml.1100228-1930.a1b6210f837a32cf

I couldn't care less about some early alpha of Win8… Whoever judges a product based on an alpha release is not even worth discussing with… (Neither are people that judge it based on mods (page you linked to)…)

MFH said,

I couldn't care less about some early alpha of Win8… Whoever judges a product based on an alpha release is not even worth discussing with… (Neither are people that judge it based on mods (page you linked to)…)

i do not judge.
if many people agree and give feedback to microsoft all those years, me and many others asking to have at explorer the flexibility to appear dissapear pane with a right clik (not with folderband) [or via shortcuts] and the only via shortcut it appears dissapears is the preview pane which works not properly in action, and if you please them all those years to be possible transporting element such the search pane where you like in titlebar (as happened to xp) and 5 years after the only you see is the transporting of office style, not only in the first beta milestones pre beta versions of windows 8 but also its written at all sites official and unofficial that what microsoft do is transporting windows phone style + ribbonui office style then you dont see what happened?

because you speak about he people that modify new complete uknown parameters of code, and succeed to make work to as you say on an alpha release, you have to have more respect.
and my critisizing has nothing to do with the modifications. modifications having to do that the person who made them, and i mean myself is speaking not because he read something to some sites, but he works with the new system. and i dont critisize if something dont work well to a pre beta, to a beta or to a rc1 editiion. i critisize that some things always missing.
also if microsoft looses the trust of people its a problem that has to besolved by microsoft.
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i dont know but i find him really entertaining!!.. so much adrenaline in a CEO? thats sumthing
jumping around and stuff..
as somebody said.. lol i hope he dun get a heart attack at win8 lauch from all the adrenaline

Zain Adeel said,
i dont know but i find him really entertaining!!.. so much adrenaline in a CEO? thats sumthing
jumping around and stuff..
as somebody said.. lol i hope he dun get a heart attack at win8 lauch from all the adrenaline

+1

Make fun of Ballmer and he laughs, make fun of any other CEO and he will punch you in the face or sue, in case it's Apple.

FoxieFoxie said,

+1

Make fun of Ballmer and he laughs, make fun of any other CEO and he will punch you in the face or sue, in case it's Apple.

Plus one to you too!

now instead of developers (repeated) it's the word 'better' repeated. The guy must have started in telemarketing or other low sales position early in life

Every time I read a story about Steve Ballmer all that echos in my mind is Developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, etc etc

Everytime Steve Ballmer steps on the stage, Microsoft stocks drop. But after he leaves the stage they get back up...


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.

Yup. That's definitely something Ballmer would say.

PlogCF said,

Yup. That's definitely something Ballmer would say.


lol.. true.. atleast hes getting pumped.. Hes probably going to have a heart attack for the release of windows 8 for marketing purposes..

PlogCF said,

Yup. That's definitely something Ballmer would say.

I love Ballmer, his passion, his drive, a sense of humor and enthusiasm is undeniable.

Wish more people would be like him.

DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS.
DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS.
DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS.

Lachlan said,

lol.. true.. atleast hes getting pumped.. Hes probably going to have a heart attack for the release of windows 8 for marketing purposes..

I just choked on my milk.
Thank you, made my day.

Lachlan said,

lol.. true.. atleast hes getting pumped.. Hes probably going to have a heart attack for the release of windows 8 for marketing purposes..

lol, probably! I wouldn't put it past him!

PlogCF said,

Yup. That's definitely something Ballmer would say.

This guy is going to be missed by many after he dead. Look at his commercials, he is the only one that can do that for commercial. His enthusiasm is second to none. Don't believe me check Windows 95 Ballmer or XP commercial on youtube.

By the way, many people say he is a joker. But, think again. You love Developers developers developers. Don't deny!! I know you love it.