Did Steve Ballmer admit Windows Phone 8 will run Windows 8? Probably not.

In a recent Annual Share holder Meeting  Steve Ballmer appeared to admit Windows 8 will be coming to Windows Phone, but in the end it all comes down to the placement of the full stop.

According to Business Insider Steve Ballmer responds to the question if we are in a post-PC era:

We are in the Windows era. We were, we are, and we always will be. Uh, that’s kind of what we’re paid to do. We’ve got broad initiatives, driving Windows down to the phone with Windows 8. You’ll see incredible new form factors powered by Windows, from tablets, small, large, [??], smaller, bigger, room-sized displays. We are in an era in which the range of smart devices is continuing to expand. That is a fantastic thing for Microsoft.

However simply moving the full stop to the left gives a completely different sentence.

We are in the Windows era. We were, we are, and we always will be. Uh, that’s kind of what we’re paid to do. We’ve got broad initiatives, driving Windows down to the phone. With Windows 8, you’ll see incredible new form factors powered by Windows, from tablets, small, large, [??], smaller, bigger, room-sized displays. We are in an era in which the range of smart devices is continuing to expand. That is a fantastic thing for Microsoft.

The point in question is at second 26 in the video above, or from 47:22 in the conference call here.

Of course a pretty good case can be made for moving the Windows 8 kernel to Windows Phone 8, but as of yet we are far from certain this will happen.

What do our readers think? Did Ballmer let the cat out of the bag? Let us know below.

Update: At BI Microsoft has released an official transcript of the statement placing the full stop where we did.

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