Microsoft’s CEO has officially announced a target of 2012 for Windows 8.

Ballmer: Windows 8 is Coming in 2012

QUOTE:  Microsoft’s (MSFT) next version of the Windows operating system, dubbed Windows 8, will debut in 2012, company CEO Steve Ballmer said Monday. Ballmer made the announcement in Tokyo, speaking to an audience of software developers.  Observers had been expecting the next version of Windows next year, but this is the first time that the company has officially confirmed the 2012 date.

Ballmer told the developers, “as we look forward to the next generation of Windows systems, which will come out next year, there’s a whole lot more coming,” according to a transcript of his speech posted to Microsoft’s website.  “As we progress through the year, you ought to expect to hear a lot about Windows 8. Windows 8 slates, tablets, PCs, a variety of different form factors,” he added.