Microsoft's Ballmer undergoes rebirthing -

The shy and retiring Microsoft CEO Steve "there's a kind of hush" Ballmer says that his outfit is undergoing a rebirthing.

While to many new agers that means crawling through a sleeping bag while a dozen of your mates play splangling music or read extracts from The Prophet, Steve means his new Windows 8.

Ballmer said that Windows 8 was the "deepest, broadest and most impactful" Windows software ever created by the US tech giant.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Ballmer  told the Seoul Digital Forum that Windows 8 was not just a rebirth, it was a "dawning of the rebirth" of MS Windows. So in other words it is a painful 24 hours of labour, drugs with lots of swearing at the father.  So pretty much the usual Windows experience.

Ballmer said that it is the most important piece of work Microsoft had done. So the creation of Windows was meaningless. How soon they forget.

Windows 8, whose preview version will be released in June, allows users readily to store and share personal data among various devices under the "SkyDrive" cloud computing service.

Ballmer thinks that the cloud computing market will become dominated by a few big players. He thinks it will be Windows, various forms of Linux, the Apple ecosystem.

He said that in three to five years from now, "there will be just a few ecosystems that really can get the critical mass". There will always be an egosystem, however.

Ballmer predicted that there will be up to 500 million users with Windows 8 next year, promising the "best economic opportunity" for device makers and app developers who adopt the new system.

Microsoft will also soon introduce Skype powered by Windows 8, Ballmer said. His company r bought the leading internet video and voice-calling service for $8.5 billion and it still works. So far.