Microsoft has quietly backpedalled following comments made by outspoken CEO Steve Ballmer earlier this week, in which he said Windows 8 would drop sometime in 2012.
According to a statement issued to Computerworld shortly after the speech in Japan, Ballmer made a "misstatement".
"We have yet to formally announce any timing or naming for the next version of Windows," said Redmond.
However, based on past form, the notoriously tight-lipped Microsoft may be trying to throw rivals off the scent by keeping its cards close to its chest for as long as possible.
Last week Intel software chief Renee James got into hot water over comments made about the next version of Windows, indicating that Intel may already have its hands on an early build of Microsoft's next OS.