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

1. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

hope what he say is true

8. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Not true.

2. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

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

3. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

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

4. Veigald

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 13, 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 :)

5. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 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.

42. Croxy

Posts: 55; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

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

44. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 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

6. TR0LL

Posts: 41; Member since: May 20, 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......

9. TR0LL

Posts: 41; Member since: May 20, 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....

24. jitsin

Posts: 5; Member since: May 23, 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

39. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

The article is about Windows 8, the desktop OS. Stop trolling.

40. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

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

41. TR0LL

Posts: 41; Member since: May 20, 2012

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

43. skyline100

Posts: 17; Member since: Sep 16, 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.

7. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 553; 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.

36. tedkord

Posts: 17409; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

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: 17409; 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.

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.

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.

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