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Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer: up to 500 million people will use Windows 8 in 2013

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Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer: up to 500 million people will use Windows 8 in 2013
Windows 8 is not even out yet, but Microsoft’s outspoken CEO is already confident that it will end up a huge success with 400 to 500 million people using in 2013. All of this will come from a combination of devices, with an expected huge push from tablets. Smartphones in general are not included in that category, though, as they will feature Windows Phone 8, not Windows 8. 

Ballmer, in his signature enthusiastic voice, waxed poetic about the "dawning of the rebirth of Microsoft Windows” at the Seoul Digital Forum in Korea. The platform will end up on desktop PCs, tablets, and even some cross "phablet" devices with styli a la Galaxy Note, according to the chief executive.

And that already is interesting - a Windows 8-powered phablet could turn out to be a really well rounded business tool.

Also, Ballmer made it clear that Skype powered by Windows 8 is coming soon, a much anticipated release after Microsoft acquired the VoIP client for a staggering $8.5 billion last year.

Adding some drama, Ballmer summarized that Windows 8 is "the most important piece of work" Microsoft has ever done, expected to be the "deepest, broadest and most impactful" version of the platform so far. Time will tell, right?

source: AFP

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posted on 23 May 2012, 03:53 7

1. dickwyn (Posts: 552; Member since: 07 May 2012)


hope what he say is true

posted on 23 May 2012, 05:40 7

8. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Not true.

posted on 23 May 2012, 03:54 4

2. dickwyn (Posts: 552; Member since: 07 May 2012)


hope it will not end up like vista. slow laggy and nobody using it

posted on 23 May 2012, 03:56 14

3. BattleBrat (Posts: 888; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Windows 7 is epic, and can't wait to play with windows 8

posted on 23 May 2012, 04:06 8

4. Veigald (Posts: 223; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)


Agree. Win7 was the first time MS made the real deal, imo, and I hope Win8 will deliver as well. The best fit for it does seem to be an x86 tablet/hybrid, though. Which I'm getting, obv :)

posted on 23 May 2012, 04:23 3

5. PhoneLuver (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)


I don't really mind whether it's X86 or ARM. As long as you can dock it with a keyboard that has USB, VGA, HDMI ports etc..

I just hope that W8 will support VPN on tablets as it's still a missing feature on WP7.5.

posted on 23 May 2012, 10:36

42. Croxy (Posts: 55; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


Windows xp wasn't bad at all. IMO they were all good except for Windows Vista.

posted on 23 May 2012, 14:55

44. medicci37 (Posts: 554; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Windows 7 is adequate. Nothing more. & If it wasn't for MS's monopoly & underhanded tactics, they wouldn't have such a large market share. There needs to be more competition in the desktop is market. But that won't happen because of MS's patents & BS lawsuits. Part of the reason PC sales are so low is because they don't innovate, like mobile. That's why windows can't compete on mobile os's

posted on 23 May 2012, 05:11 6

6. TR0LL (banned) (Posts: 41; Member since: 20 May 2012)


Yea and it still will have restrictions. And u can't multitask.
It will still have outdated specs. With no live widgets. Its just
Another Os that u can't have root access......

posted on 23 May 2012, 05:44 7

9. TR0LL (banned) (Posts: 41; Member since: 20 May 2012)


Meant to say ios not Os. Cause its not a full OS yet.
Wait another 4 to 6 years till its matured full OS....

posted on 23 May 2012, 07:35 3

24. jitsin (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 May 2012)


Live with your rooted slow cool aid of android. The basic problem with android owners is that they think that they are geeks, how does rooting your phone make you a geek, its just another app or set of instructions by someone else that you follow and do. Basically to furthur slow down your already pathetic phone. I say thins after coming and mastering from android for 1.5 years

posted on 23 May 2012, 09:14 4

39. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


The article is about Windows 8, the desktop OS.

Stop trolling.

posted on 23 May 2012, 10:14

40. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


O is it windows or for the lumia 900 or laptop pcs! Silly me

posted on 23 May 2012, 10:18

41. TR0LL (banned) (Posts: 41; Member since: 20 May 2012)


Im not trolling.... Personal use and experience....

posted on 23 May 2012, 11:32

43. skyline100 (Posts: 17; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Dafaq, did you even read the article? What you're talking about is the Windows Phone 7, now we're talking about Windows 8, not the phone OS.

posted on 23 May 2012, 05:26 2

7. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 346; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


i dont think this will happen,the figure he said must be 5 million and not 500 million,because in 1 yr for upcoming os, struggling for market share is not possible.google will not make that happen.google is now the owner of motorola and it will bring exotic innovations in future.eg google glasses,gesture recognition etc.

posted on 23 May 2012, 08:28 2

36. tedkord (Posts: 3939; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Windows is struggling? With 93% market share? I think you're confusing Windows 8 with Windows Phone 8. They'll be integrated, but Balmer isn't talking only phones, he's talking desktops and laptops and servers, etc...

500 million isn't unreasonable with MS's current base.

posted on 23 May 2012, 05:50 6

10. darktranquillity (Posts: 284; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


This is the same guy who said android will end up like web os besides talking utter foolishnes about tablets and android smartphones few years back right?

posted on 23 May 2012, 07:36 1

25. jitsin (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 May 2012)


The same guy who has kept mac os to 7% as opposed to 93 % of windows !!

posted on 23 May 2012, 08:26

35. tedkord (Posts: 3939; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


That's not hard to do. He inherited that, and so long as OSx remains locked to only Apple products, and Windows can be installed on ANY hardware, it's almost impossible for it to not dominate. The only OS that could possibly unseat Windows would be one that could also be installed anywhere, and great performance and user friendliness.

posted on 23 May 2012, 05:53 11

11. JSern (Posts: 282; Member since: 22 May 2011)


Fandroids, fandroids everywhere

posted on 23 May 2012, 07:01 6

15. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


That's good....

posted on 23 May 2012, 07:11 3

18. I.P.H.O.N.E (banned) (Posts: 33; Member since: 09 May 2012)


Yeap.

posted on 23 May 2012, 07:15 2

19. GENARAL.LEVY (banned) (Posts: 93; Member since: 17 Apr 2012)


Eye2.

posted on 23 May 2012, 07:18 3

21. GENARAL.LEVY (banned) (Posts: 93; Member since: 17 Apr 2012)


So many thumb down on all windows article.

posted on 23 May 2012, 07:37 4

26. jitsin (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 May 2012)


Not article but Phandroid comments

posted on 23 May 2012, 08:02 1

30. GENARAL.FUJITA (banned) (Posts: 14; Member since: 23 May 2012)


Dam rite.

posted on 23 May 2012, 06:01

12. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


PC, Notebook, Tablets, Phablets.
200 Millions maybe. But not 500M.

posted on 23 May 2012, 07:39

27. jitsin (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 May 2012)


Anyways i think that does the Job !

posted on 23 May 2012, 08:03 2

31. GENARAL.FUJITA (banned) (Posts: 14; Member since: 23 May 2012)


No it Dosnt.

posted on 23 May 2012, 06:35 7

13. GuiltyBystander (Posts: 199; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


Windows 8 (desktop version) is a huge disappointment.

posted on 23 May 2012, 06:45

14. tumchaaditya (Posts: 71; Member since: 21 May 2012)


They should keep the metro UI(the start screen) optional.
Or rather design a smooth transition process from current UI(esp THE start menu).

When I first installed the developer preview, I kept returning to the familiar desktop and icons all the time.

Such huge changes might prevent less tech-savvy users from switching to windows 8.

In my personal opinion, metro suites better for touch input. For good old mouse + keyboard, windows 7 UI seems better.

posted on 23 May 2012, 07:06

16. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


MS has been on an "every other OS is awesome" kick for a long while. 7 rocks, vista sucked, xp rocked, ME sucked, 98 rocked, on and on and on. Here's to hoping they finally learned from their mistake and have 2 that rock back to back (7 and 8 silly).

Even if it has a rough start, it will be proliferated all over the place. Gaming, PC, your car, internet, and of course consumer electronics including phones and tablets. It would have to be super sucky not to succeed.

posted on 23 May 2012, 08:30

37. tedkord (Posts: 3939; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


98 rocked? I mean, it wasn't ME, but rocked?

posted on 23 May 2012, 15:10

45. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


windows 98 was one of.. if not THE. the most stable build they ever produced by the time they updated it. If its second, its second only to final release of XP. regardless ME and Vista were horrible wastes of space. lol

posted on 23 May 2012, 07:11 2

17. I.P.H.O.N.E (banned) (Posts: 33; Member since: 09 May 2012)


Lot ov Windows hater in here must say!
I don't like windows to.....

posted on 23 May 2012, 07:41

28. jitsin (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 May 2012)


I can see that.

posted on 23 May 2012, 08:06 1

33. GENARAL.FUJITA (banned) (Posts: 14; Member since: 23 May 2012)


Good.

posted on 23 May 2012, 07:16 1

20. GENARAL.LEVY (banned) (Posts: 93; Member since: 17 Apr 2012)


Neither do i.

posted on 23 May 2012, 07:24 1

22. mercorp (Posts: 954; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


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posted on 23 May 2012, 08:05

32. GENARAL.FUJITA (banned) (Posts: 14; Member since: 23 May 2012)


How many minutes did that take u to write?

posted on 23 May 2012, 08:49

38. shadez10 (Posts: 386; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


Copy and Paste magic... not familiar to it?.. xD

posted on 23 May 2012, 07:25 1

23. mercorp (Posts: 954; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


I have the consumer preview on a pavilion dv6,and it is awesome but rather slow.

posted on 23 May 2012, 07:48 1

29. tluv00 (Posts: 134; Member since: 18 Oct 2007)


50,000 tablets
100,000 phones
499,850,000 PCs and Laptops

He could be onto something.

posted on 23 May 2012, 08:21

34. jove39 (Posts: 1206; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


This guy is very optimistic.

posted on 24 May 2012, 05:03

46. daniel_bargs (Posts: 322; Member since: 27 Nov 2010)


500 million? now, i dont doubt the research that said you are the worst CEO in the world

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