Microsoft’s CEO predicts that more than 500 million users will be on the Windows 8 operating system by the end of 2013.
The Windows 8 operating system isn’t yet available but Microsoft’s CEO has already made some bold and rather ambitious predictions.
During a conference in South Korea, Steve Ballmer spoke of a "rebirth" for Microsoft’s Windows operating system with the release of Windows 8. He believes that there will be up to 500 million users on Windows 8 in 2013.
For Steve Ballmer, who was recently named in a Forbes ranking as the world’s worst CEO and most deserving to be fired, Windows 8 will be the "best economic opportunity for hardware manufacturers and application developers" who adopt the system.
On the eve of the most important product launch ever undertaken by the software giant, it is hard to imagine the CEO saying anything but. Windows 8 will be available on a wide range of products ranging from desktop computers, laptops and tablets. This third field is particularly in fashion and Microsoft doesn’t want to miss out by being absent from the market. This is one of the biggest criticisms levelled against Steve Ballmer.
The future operating system is particularly cloud oriented, using the SkyDrive and Windows Store for Metro style applications. According to the visionary Ballmer, only a few companies will dominate the cloud computing industry in the near future – notably through their platforms which will provide developers with the opportunity to innovate.
During the conference in Seoul, Steve Ballmer also indicated that Microsoft will soon launch a version of Skype for Windows 8.
Steve Ballmer took some risk in announcing that 500 million users would be on Windows 8 by the end of 2013, especially since its commercial release will only be in early 2012. He is likely mixing the users up with the number of sold licenses.
As a comparison, he anticipated that 350 million copies of Windows 7 would be sold in 2012 alone. Windows 8 does cover a wider range of devices than its predecessor, but it does appear that it has been designed to attract home users more than enterprise.