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Half a billion people to use Windows 8 next year -- Ballmer

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    Half a billion people to use Windows 8 next year -- Ballmer


    Analysts expect Windows 8 to flop and PC sales to suffer, but Microsoft's chief executive thinks sales will reach at least 500 million by the end of 2013.
    Read more at:
    Half a billion people to use Windows 8 next year -- Ballmer | Business Tech - CNET News


    UPDATE:
    No, half a billion people won't be using Windows 8 next year
    Last edited by Brink; 25 May 2012 at 10:15.

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    Unless he's planning to give it away it just gives more weight to my theory that Apple are drugging Microsoft's water supply.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Analysts expect Windows 8 to flop and PC sales to suffer, but Microsoft's chief executive thinks sales will reach at least 500 million by the end of 2013.
    Read more at:
    Half a billion people to use Windows 8 next year -- Ballmer | Business Tech - CNET News
    Hi there.

    PLEEEASE no more stats from "Gartners" -- that agency's predictions are only ever about 50% right (or wrong) depending on your viewpoint == about the same as you'd get by random guessing.

    It's like some of these rubbish credit reference agencies trying to rate Mr Abromovitch's suitability for credit -- the multi-billionaire who owns Chelsea FC -- the London Soccer club that's just won the European Champions League.

    He probably on conventional scoring (Experian / Equifax etc.) would be refused a simple credit card even though he could BUY these entire agencies for cash many times over and shut them down !!!!.

    Gartners are the MOST unreliable "Official" source of future predictions on this planet.

    I read the link but as soon as I saw Gartners name I stopped reading -- as anything further is just a load of random guessing.

    I'll stick my neck out here -- unlike Gartners I reckon W8 WILL be a success -- and when (not if) it is please pay ME the money and NOT GARTNERS. !!!!

    Cheers
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    I think there's more chance of Greece producing a balanced budge for 2012 than Windows 8 being a hit
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    Quote Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post
    I think there's more chance of Greece producing a balanced budge for 2012 than Windows 8 being a hit
    Hi there
    actually after a little bit of demoing it to "sceptics" they quite like it -- so I'm not that sceptical about its success.
    Obviously we'll have to wait and see but looking at MS's share price and the analysts expectations on future profits and earnings the outlook isn't that bad.

    Enc graph of MSFT -- OK large drop on one day --but the whole market tanked then -- fears over the Euro zone crisis-- MSFT isn't exposed to Greece in any large way at all so the selling was grossly overdone.

    Cheers
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    That's a big statement, but then again, this is Steve Ballmer we're talking about...
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    It all depends on how much they're going to charge for it. Anybody heard anything about the price yet?
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    I think if he wants sales of 500 million it is going to have to be no more than a tenner.
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    They may have been aiming for a low price - it seems the o/s will be very stripped down - worse than 7 starter in many ways.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    They may have been aiming for a low price - it seems the o/s will be very stripped down - worse than 7 starter in many ways.
    My father's Acer netbook with Atom came with 7 Starter. I used it the first day and was like:

    lol needless to say, I had to fix that rather quickly. He wouldn't have known the difference though.

    As you say though, perhaps they are going to offer 8 at a lower than usual price to entice the use of Store.
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