Steve Ballmer Talks Up Windows 8 and Windows Phone in Europe and Israel


Editor’s note – Nov. 20, 2012 –

A photo from Ballmer’s visit to France was added to the slideshow below.

REDMOND, Wash. – Nov. 13, 2012 – World, meet Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and Surface. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer last week took Microsoft’s wave of new products on the road, visiting Europe and Israel.

He said the launch of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, an upcoming new version Office, and updates to the company’s Xbox platform—all part of the biggest wave of updates in the company’s history—signify that Microsoft has entered a new era.

“For us this is a time of reimagination, innovation, rebirth, and I think the opportunity is quite large,” Ballmer said.

In speeches to students in Moscow, tech start-ups in Israel, customers in London, developers in Berlin, and partners in Paris, Ballmer highlighted how Microsoft delivers highly personalized experiences on Windows 8 devices and Windows Phone 8.

Windows 8 is “the best version of Windows ever built,” he said. “It is the fastest, it turns on the quickest, it uses the least amount of memory; in any sense for the over 1 billion people on the planet who use PCs today, Windows 8 will let you have the best PC experience ever made.”