Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer caused some serious ripples in the tech press this week when he revealed that Windows 8 was down to launch next year.
However, it seems old Steve jumped the gun just a little bit on heralding Windows' big push into the tablet space, as Microsoft has come out and labelled his comments a "misstatement".
Ballmer's original comments were made at a developer conference in Tokyo, where he allegedly said "as we look forward to the next generation of Windows systems, which will come out next year, there’s a whole lot more coming.
"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."
But a Microsoft spokesman has since poured cold water on Ballmer's remarks and stopped the rumour train dead in its tracks.
"It appears there was a misstatement. We are eagerly awaiting the next generation of Windows 7 hardware that will be available in the coming fiscal year," the spokesman revealed. "To date, we have yet to formally announce any timing or naming for the next version of Windows."
Notably, the statement implies that the next version of Windows might not even be called Windows 8 at all. As for the launch date, it's worth noting that Ballmer's "misstatement" appears to have been to imply that a launch date had been confirmed. In the end, it doesn't mean for a second that Windows 8 actually won't launch next year.