Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer talked about Microsoft's future projects, including Windows 8. at the 2011 Imagine Cup finals, being held in New York City.
During his speech, Ballmer talked about a number of Microsoft's divisions and businesses. 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're 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."
Near the end of 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.
"But, you're going to see a stream of things from us, and I thought maybe I'd show you just a quick video clip just on some of the things that you'll see in Xbox this Christmas."
On Windows Phone, Ballmer said, "You know, a year ago we didn't have a phone in the market. Now, 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 cloud-based Office 365 software suite and how businesses in general are using cloud based services more and more. "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."
You can watch the video footage includes b-roll of the opening ceremony, student teams and opening remarks with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer below:
Or, read the full Imagine Cup opening speech here.