It’s Ballmerific: Here Comes Windows Phone 8

What is Ballmer thinking, I wonder?

Details about Windows Phone 8 leaked last week. Microsoft expects to release it some time in the second half.  Codenamed Apollo, the OS is expected to have the Windows 8 kernel so it’ll run many of the same apps without much tweaking.

Those are the high points, anyway.

And here’s an excerpt of an excellent piece in The Los Angeles Times that ran Wednesday:

Microsoft Corp. will launch its Windows 8 Consumer Preview at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona this month. And while it may seem a bit strange to release a PC operating system at an event focused on phones and tablets, Windows 8 isn’t just about desktops and laptops.

No, as we’ve reported, the still-in-development Windows 8 OS is being built for both PCs and tablets.

And Windows Phone 8, the eventual follow-up to the current Windows Phone 7 operating system, is expected to be built using the same software kernal (the part of an operating system that manages how software communicates with hardware) as Windows 8.

So maybe (hopefully) we’ll see some Windows Phone 8 news alongside Windows 8 details in Barcelona too.

Microsoft declined to comment Wednesday on just what it will show off in Barcelona, but we do know for sure that the Consumer Preview release will debut because the tech giant said as much in an invitation to a Feb. 29 event at Mobile World Congress.

Now here’s Ballmer announcing the Windows Phone a while back.  Seems the announcement came on casual day. Ah,well. That expression is pure Steve Ballmer.  Will Windows Phone 8 inspire where Windows Phone 7.5 lacks?

What is Ballmer thinking, I wonder?