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Microsoft Corp. has clarified statement of its chief executive officer about 500 million licenses of Windows 8 to be sold in 2013. The firm claims that Steve Ballmer re-stated what was said during the unveiling of Windows 8 Store back in December, 2011. Apparently, 500 million is a potential number of users, who will upgrade to Windows 8 from Windows 7.

“The stat Steve Ballmer gave at the Seoul Digital Forum was a restatement of the same data already announced in December at the [Windows 8] Store event regarding the number of Windows 7 devices that could potentially upgrade to Windows 8,” said an official for Microsoft, according to media reports.

During the announcement of Windows 8 Store the software giant indeed indicated that half a billion of PCs may be upgraded to Windows 8 and therefore pose opportunities to software developers who design software for the virtual store aimed at the operating system.

"We have just passed the 500 million licenses sold mark for Windows 7, which represents half a billion PCs that could be upgraded to Windows 8 on the day it ships. That represents the single biggest platform opportunity available to developers," said Ted Dworkin, partner program manager for the Windows 8 Store.

While it was not very likely that Microsoft would have sold 500 million Windows 8 licenses by end of 2013, it is even more unlikely that over 500 million users would swap Windows 7 to Windows 8 on their existing PCs in the first year, if ever at all. In fact, given that Windows 8 looks like an operating system for a smartphones on steroids and lacks a number of visual effects and common tools, loads of users will probably try to use their Windows 7-based PC systems for as long time as possible.

Microsoft Windows 8 operating system will be available in three versions later this year. Two versions will be designed for x86 processors and one will be aimed at ARM-powered systems. All three will support  touch-screen, keyboard and mouse, all general capabilities of Windows and Metro-style apps. The version for ARM will also include touch-optimized versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, but will not run Windows applications designed for x86 processors.

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, Windows 8

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There's nothing to "retract" when they never said what some were claiming.
2 0 [Posted by: bluvg  | Date: 05/24/12 11:28:51 PM]
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no start menu or start button on windows 8 is a deal breaker for me i know some stuff needs to change but not this people don't what to have to relearn how to use windows and touch screen start im sure that will be great on something like a tablet but it doesn't work for a pc gaming or normal or IT computer version of windows. many people are not going to buy windows 8 just cause there's no start button or start menu i love windows 7 and xp i use 7 more now and runn it with classic windows 95/98 look not looking forward to this new os alot people already saying windows 8 is going to be another vista and awaiting to see what windows 9 is the best of windows 8 and windows 7 to with old classic start menu and button back. and also think a cloud os system would never really take off like they think it would do feeling of piracy these days.
1 1 [Posted by: superqborg  | Date: 05/25/12 01:40:10 AM]
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Windows 7 has been fairly good for my use, but after testing the last release the only upgrade Windows 8 has made me strongly consider has been Linux.
1 0 [Posted by: Kyrono  | Date: 05/25/12 08:20:20 AM]
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Seriously what is the point of customer feedback if they dont listen to what the customers are telling them? I am sure that they had have had plenty of bad feedback about the new layout of windows 8. Most people hate it. I just wish there was more choice in what OS we can run on our pcs to be productive. If apple released mac os to the pc then we would have a better choice. Keep the mac line up for apple fanboys(who will still by the mac anyways). I honestly think that it would keep microsoft competitive. I wont rule out the fact that there would have to be changes far out of my knowledge range on software on how to go about that considering hackintoshes have all types of hardware compatibility issues.
0 0 [Posted by: john.henry.confidence  | Date: 05/26/12 09:04:20 PM]
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