Steve Ballmer confirms that Windows 8 is coming to phones

By Kip Kniskern | In Mobile | Posted November 15, 2011 30 comments

At today’s Annual Meeting of shareholders, Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer went through the usual spiel on how well the company is doing, despite the stock price (which of course is what shareholders are most interested in).  But then in a question and answer period, when a shareholder asked about being in a “post-PC era”, Ballmer let slip something that we’ve been hearing lots of rumors about, as noted by Business Insider’s Matt Rossoff:

"We are driving Windows down to the phone with Windows 8."

There has been much speculation about Microsoft moving to a single Windows core to drive PCs, tablets, phones, and even Xbox, but up to now nothing has been officially announced about the next versions of Windows Phone.  Of course, with a strong push coming for Windows Phone 7.5 (“Mango”), including the introduction of new Nokia Windows Phones around the world and soon here in the U.S., Microsoft may not be so keen on letting it be known that a new version of Windows Phone may be just around the corner.

Sales of Windows Phones have actually fallen in the last quarter, according to Gartner, and even though there has been a positive buzz about Mango, it has yet to show up in terms of sales.  And while a new unified stable of Windows 8 devices may be quite compelling, it’s not going to do much to boost sales of existing phones.  Can we wait another year (or more) for a unified Windows 8 experience?

Posted November 15th, 2011 at 9:54 am
Category: Mobile
Tags: Windows 8, Windows Phone
  • pradeepviswav

    Well, Steve Ballmer said “We are having initiatives driving Windows down to the phone, With Windows 8 you will see incredible new form factors….”

  • Anonymous

    Well, Steve Ballmer said “We are having initiatives driving Windows down to the phone, With Windows 8 you will see incredible new form factors….”

  • Anonymous

    Well, Steve Ballmer said “We are having initiatives driving Windows down to the phone, With Windows 8 you will see incredible new form factors….”

  • http://www.keelstech.com/ Lee Keels

    Doesn’t sound good….

    • Sascenter

      Do you care to explain?

      I personally think this could be great. I mean, they are obviously not going to put Windows 8 on phones, I’m sure Windows Phone 8 will be different from Windows 8. They will just possibly use the same kernel and the Metro UI. That would mean that developers can create their apps to both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

      Correct me if I’m wrong, but that would be great!

  • Lee Keels

    Doesn’t sound good….

  • Lee Keels

    Doesn’t sound good….

    • Sascenter

      Do you care to explain?

      I personally think this could be great. I mean, they are obviously not going to put Windows 8 on phones, I’m sure Windows Phone 8 will be different from Windows 8. They will just possibly use the same kernel and the Metro UI. That would mean that developers can create their apps to both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

      Correct me if I’m wrong, but that would be great!

  • http://www.facebook.com/J4rrod Jarrod Justus

    I’m not taking this literally, and I don’t think anyone else should either. I think what he means is the similarities in UI, functionality, etc. will exist on Win8 and Apollo, must like Mango does with Win8 Preview.

  • http://www.facebook.com/J4rrod Jarrod Justus

    I’m not taking this literally, and I don’t think anyone else should either. I think what he means is the similarities in UI, functionality, etc. will exist on Win8 and Apollo, must like Mango does with Win8 Preview.

  • http://www.facebook.com/J4rrod Jarrod Justus

    I’m not taking this literally, and I don’t think anyone else should either. I think what he means is the similarities in UI, functionality, etc. will exist on Win8 and Apollo, must like Mango does with Win8 Preview.

  • Anonymous

    The reason the sales are down is because of the new devices that were “coming”. They are finally here and now the Q4 should show an upswing once the numbers come in from the Titan, Radar, N800, Focus S and Flash. 

    They need to hurry on that Nokia 900 that was leaked and get it out fast as well as get a NA version of the Nokia phones into the market. 

    The OS is there finally to make everyday usage quite good, but the device list is still lackluster and the lack of CDMA support (Only 1 phone each on Sprint and Verizon) is downright wrong (though I do love my Arrive, I would pay full price for a CDMA HTC Titan). 

  • IM0001

    The reason the sales are down is because of the new devices that were “coming”. They are finally here and now the Q4 should show an upswing once the numbers come in from the Titan, Radar, N800, Focus S and Flash. 

    They need to hurry on that Nokia 900 that was leaked and get it out fast as well as get a NA version of the Nokia phones into the market. 

    The OS is there finally to make everyday usage quite good, but the device list is still lackluster and the lack of CDMA support (Only 1 phone each on Sprint and Verizon) is downright wrong (though I do love my Arrive, I would pay full price for a CDMA HTC Titan). 

  • Anonymous

    The reason the sales are down is because of the new devices that were “coming”. They are finally here and now the Q4 should show an upswing once the numbers come in from the Titan, Radar, N800, Focus S and Flash. 

    They need to hurry on that Nokia 900 that was leaked and get it out fast as well as get a NA version of the Nokia phones into the market. 

    The OS is there finally to make everyday usage quite good, but the device list is still lackluster and the lack of CDMA support (Only 1 phone each on Sprint and Verizon) is downright wrong (though I do love my Arrive, I would pay full price for a CDMA HTC Titan). 

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  • Mario Albertico

    So according to Engadget, Ballmer has been misquoted (as a result of transcription error, there is a missing period after “phone,” or I would even argue it should be a semicolon–lol, anyway!). So yeah, if you play the clip, it does sound like he is starting a new sentence (or clause) at “With Windows 8…” Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/11/15/microsoft-clarifies-that-windows-8-isnt-coming-to-phones-video/

    • Anonymous

      Thanks. So basically what we all said. Windows 8 features in Windows Phone.

  • Mario Albertico

    According to Engadget, Ballmer has been misquoted (as a result of transcription error, there is a missing period after “phone,” or I would even argue it should be a semicolon–lol, anyway!). So yeah, if you play the clip, it does sound like he is starting a new sentence (or clause) at “With Windows 8…” Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/11/15/microsoft-clarifies-that-windows-8-isnt-coming-to-phones-video/ So, @pradeepviswav was right, nice catch! :)

    • bradavon

      Thanks. So basically what we all said. Windows 8 features in Windows Phone.

  • Mario Albertico

    So according to Engadget, Ballmer has been misquoted (as a result of transcription error, there is a missing period after “phone,” or I would even argue it should be a semicolon–lol, anyway!). So yeah, if you play the clip, it does sound like he is starting a new sentence (or clause) at “With Windows 8…” Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/11/15/microsoft-clarifies-that-windows-8-isnt-coming-to-phones-video/

  • http://jvd897.blogspot.com jvd897

    Building off what Mario and Pradeep wrote, Paul Thurrott and Tom Warren are considering this a transcription error as well..
    http://www.winsupersite.com/blog/supersite-blog-39/windows8/ballmer-confirm-windows-8-phone-141286

    Edit: Just saw you corrected this already, Kip. My bad. http://www.liveside.net/2011/11/15/digesting-ballmer-to-place-a-period/

  • http://jvd897.blogspot.com jvd897

    Building off what Mario and Pradeep wrote, Paul Thurrott and Tom Warren are considering this a transcription error as well..
    http://www.winsupersite.com/blog/supersite-blog-39/windows8/ballmer-confirm-windows-8-phone-141286

    Edit: Just saw you corrected this already, Kip. My bad. http://www.liveside.net/2011/11/15/digesting-ballmer-to-place-a-period/

  • jvd897

    Building off what Mario and Pradeep wrote, Paul Thurrott and Tom Warren are considering this a transcription error as well..
    http://www.winsupersite.com/blog/supersite-blog-39/windows8/ballmer-confirm-windows-8-phone-141286

    Edit: Just saw you corrected this already, Kip. My bad. http://www.liveside.net/2011/11/15/digesting-ballmer-to-place-a-period/

  • Anonymous

    I don’t buy this. Putting Windows on a phone would be madness. It’s a Desktop OS, scaling it down to tablets is one thing but phones!

    It would also effectively kill off the Windows Phone platform completely. Which is based on Windows CE not Windows. I imagine more of Windows features will come to Windows Phone 8 but it will be Windows Phone at heart.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t buy this. Putting Windows on a phone would be madness. It’s a Desktop OS, scaling it down to tablets is one thing but phones!

    It would also effectively kill off the Windows Phone platform completely. Which is based on Windows CE not Windows. I imagine more of Windows features will come to Windows Phone 8 but it will be Windows Phone at heart.

  • bradavon

    I don’t buy this. Putting Windows on a phone would be madness. It’s a Desktop OS, scaling it down to tablets is one thing but phones!

    It would also effectively kill off the Windows Phone platform completely. Which is based on Windows CE not Windows. I imagine more of Windows features will come to Windows Phone 8 but it will be Windows Phone at heart.

  • Sascenter

    Do you care to explain?

    I personally think this could be great. I mean, they are obviously not going to put Windows 8 on phones, I’m sure Windows Phone 8 will be different from Windows 8. They will just possibly use the same kernel and the Metro UI. That would mean that developers can create their apps to both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but that would be great!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks. So basically what we all said. Windows 8 features in Windows Phone.