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

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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46 Comments

46. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 2010

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

34. jove39

Posts: 2153; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

This guy is very optimistic.

29. tluv00

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 18, 2007

50,000 tablets 100,000 phones 499,850,000 PCs and Laptops He could be onto something.

23. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

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

22. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

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32. GENARAL.FUJITA

Posts: 14; Member since: May 23, 2012

How many minutes did that take u to write?

38. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

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

20. GENARAL.LEVY

Posts: 93; Member since: Apr 17, 2012

Neither do i.

17. I.P.H.O.N.E

Posts: 33; Member since: May 09, 2012

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

28. jitsin

Posts: 5; Member since: May 23, 2012

I can see that.

33. GENARAL.FUJITA

Posts: 14; Member since: May 23, 2012

Good.

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

37. tedkord

Posts: 17529; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

45. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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

14. tumchaaditya

Posts: 71; Member since: May 21, 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.

13. GuiltyBystander

Posts: 199; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Windows 8 (desktop version) is a huge disappointment.

12. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

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

27. jitsin

Posts: 5; Member since: May 23, 2012

Anyways i think that does the Job !

31. GENARAL.FUJITA

Posts: 14; Member since: May 23, 2012

No it Dosnt.

11. JSern

Posts: 282; Member since: May 22, 2011

Fandroids, fandroids everywhere

15. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

That's good....

18. I.P.H.O.N.E

Posts: 33; Member since: May 09, 2012

Yeap.

19. GENARAL.LEVY

Posts: 93; Member since: Apr 17, 2012

Eye2.

21. GENARAL.LEVY

Posts: 93; Member since: Apr 17, 2012

So many thumb down on all windows article.

26. jitsin

Posts: 5; Member since: May 23, 2012

Not article but Phandroid comments

30. GENARAL.FUJITA

Posts: 14; Member since: May 23, 2012

Dam rite.

10. darktranquillity

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 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?

25. jitsin

Posts: 5; Member since: May 23, 2012

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

35. tedkord

Posts: 17529; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

7. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 561; Member since: Feb 23, 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.

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