Microsoft mistakenly affirms that Windows 9 will be revealed next week

Windows 9 logoDisagreements between company executives and the army of PR people who serve them always raise a smile. Public relations teams work so hard to control corporate messaging, and then execs who should know better ignore it.

Next week, Microsoft is having an event in San Francisco. The official purpose of this event is to show off "what's next for Windows and the enterprise." That's a little vague; it could mean a new version of Windows, or a new update, or anything in between. But Alain Crozier, president of Microsoft France, told employees earlier this week that Windows 9 was going to be shown off at the event, as spotted by ZDNet France.

Microsoft mistakenly affirms that Windows 9 will be revealed next week

But it turns out that wasn't suitably on-message. Microsoft PR got in touch with ZDNet to tell them that the next version of Windows doesn't actually have a name. So it's not Windows 9 at all.

Unless, of course, it is. We've seen this all before. Back when he was CEO, Steve Ballmer accidentally announced Windows 8's name and 2012 availability, only for PR to leap into action and dismiss Ballmer's claims as "misstatements." Misstatements that just happened to be completely accurate.

Whatever it turns out to be called, we'll be there in San Francisco to hear what the company has to say.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Microsoft, OSes, Windows 9

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