We’ve already talked about Windows 8 so often you’d almost forget it had not yet been officially confirmed by Microsoft. Well, Steve Ballmer has announced that yes, it’s going to be called Windows 8, and yes, it’s going to arrive in 2012. “We’re obviously hard at work on the next version of Windows,” Ballmer said, “Windows 7 PCs will sell over 350 million units this year. We’ve done a lot in Windows 7 to improve customer satisfaction. We have a brand new user interface. We’ve added touch, and ink, and speech. And yet, 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.” Right-o. Update: A company spokesperson has retracted the statement, but whatever, we’re not stupid.