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Company expects another year of record sales, despite imminent successor incoming

Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) Windows 7 has by far surpassed the company's expectations, becoming the fastest growing operating system in history.  The well liked product already achieved the distinction of passing Windows XP.

Now, even with Windows 8 looming ahead for a late 2012 launch, Microsoft says it expects to move a record amount of Windows 7 personal computers -- 350 million -- in 2012.  The figure came courtesy of Microsoft's larger than life CEO Steve Ballmer, who told reporters at a conference in Seoul, South Korea, "It makes Windows the most popular single system."

The implied message is "more popular than Apple".  Apple, Inc. (AAPL) has been challenging traditional PC makers in sales, assuming you count the best-selling iPad tablet as a "personal computer".

Gartner, Inc. (IT), a top market research firm estimates that 103 million tablets will be sold in 2012, with two thirds of those being iPads.  That places cumulative iPad sales close to 70 million units.  Apple sells many more tablets than traditional personal computers.

Windows 8 hopes to gobble up some of Apple's tablet sales [Image Source: Lenovo]

Still Windows devices will outsell the popular tablet, based on Mr. Ballmer's numbers by roughly a 5-to-1 ratio.  Microsoft hopes Windows 8 will expand on that margin, with both Intel Corp. (INTC) and various ARM Holdings plc (LON:ARM) licensees planning major tablet pushes.

Of course Microsoft could face a backlash if Windows 8 is perceived as too much of a "tablet-centric" operating system and a poor choice for traditional personal computers.

Source: Bloomberg



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I'm afraid to laugh...
By 1ceTr0n on 5/22/2012 5:39:52 PM , Rating: 0
because I might die from it after hearing this from Microsoft




RE: I'm afraid to laugh...
By Helbore on 5/22/2012 5:55:50 PM , Rating: 3
Why? Do you think the iPad has EVER outsold Windows 7?


RE: I'm afraid to laugh...
By kleinma on 5/22/2012 5:49:58 PM , Rating: 5
That is ok, we haven't stopped laughing from Steve Jobs telling people they were holding their unusable phones wrong because he couldn't fathom to admit his product wasn't perfect.


RE: I'm afraid to laugh...
By Trisped on 5/22/2012 6:20:03 PM , Rating: 5
He knew it wasn't perfect. He even knew about the flaw before the product launched. He was selling an image, and idea. The actual abilities of the product were secondary to the fantasy.


RE: I'm afraid to laugh...
By JPForums on 5/23/2012 8:34:03 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
He was selling an image, and idea.


So ... am I to take it he was selling a piece of hardware to compete with Sci Fi/Fantasy movies/novels ... Makes sense.


RE: I'm afraid to laugh...
By Mitch101 on 5/23/2012 8:47:57 AM , Rating: 3
China figured it out

Windows Phone Outsells Apple: In China
http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2012/05/21...


RE: I'm afraid to laugh...
By fishman on 5/23/12, Rating: 0
RE: I'm afraid to laugh...
By Mitch101 on 5/23/2012 2:23:40 PM , Rating: 2
This is the part where I scream how the iPhone sucks that it doesn't have a feature found on the Windows Phone.


RE: I'm afraid to laugh...
By sprockkets on 5/22/2012 6:31:29 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
That is ok, we haven't stopped laughing from Steve Jobs telling people they were holding their unusable phones wrong because he couldn't fathom to admit his product wasn't perfect.


Me? I'm laughing even harder as SJ's keys to making apple so "cult like" are beginning to unravel. Now the iphone will look different with a different screen and resolution. Next apple will try to dominate the 7" tablet market. Then, as more time progresses, apple will become the typical unfocused company, like anyone else.

Maybe it won't die, but it won't be the apple it was during the last decade.


RE: I'm afraid to laugh...
By Tony Swash on 5/22/12, Rating: -1
RE: I'm afraid to laugh...
By Nanobaud on 5/22/2012 8:26:20 PM , Rating: 5
If we selectively extrapolate current trends then yes, we can predict that Apple devices will dominate the world. By the same means we can also predict that that world will only be inhabited by Elvis impersonators.

nBd


RE: I'm afraid to laugh...
By Bateluer on 5/22/2012 9:42:50 PM , Rating: 1
Oops! It was iPad vs W7/WP7 and W8, not iOS devices. iOS devices include all iPods, iPhones, and iPads. Thats a LOT of devices. iPads sell a lot of units though, and I fully expect them to outsell W8 devices by a massive margin too.


RE: I'm afraid to laugh...
By nafhan on 5/23/2012 9:44:07 AM , Rating: 3
Extrapolation based on Applefan logic:
2013 - 500 million iOS devices sold
2014 - 1 billion iOS devices sold
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2020 - 64 billion iOS devices sold! Just imagine what Apple's profits will be like! Keep this up for a few more years, and we've got more iOS devices than there are atoms in the universe! Amazing... Or maybe it's unrealistic to expect "doubling annually" to go on indefinitely.


RE: I'm afraid to laugh...
By dark matter on 5/23/12, Rating: -1
RE: I'm afraid to laugh...
By Helbore on 5/23/2012 9:51:27 AM , Rating: 4
Why is it so hard to accept that Windows 7 has sold significantly more than the iPad? Why stupid excuses like "it was the first major upgrade since Windows XP."

That still makes it a wanted product. Its hardly irrelevant that people wanted that upgrade more than they wanted an iPad.

Why bring Vista or 8 into this? They weren't under discussion. Straw man tactics do not impress me.


RE: I'm afraid to laugh...
By Samus on 5/23/2012 11:27:34 AM , Rating: 3
From the same company that's CEO stated the iPhone had "zero chance of getting any significant marketshare."


RE: I'm afraid to laugh...
By Argon18 on 5/23/2012 10:09:59 AM , Rating: 3
x2, this is the same Steve Ballmer who predicted that the original iPhone would be market failure, and that the iPad didn't have any clear scearios. I won't bet any money on Microsoft "preductions". Lol.


RE: I'm afraid to laugh...
By Brett Kline on 5/23/2012 3:55:23 PM , Rating: 1
I think Microsoft has underestimated how saturated the tablet market already is. For most people, iPads and Android tablets already offer all the capabilities they need from a tablet and Windows mobile OS's don't have the best track record.

Brett Kline
www.mobilecomputerwizard.com


RE: I'm afraid to laugh...
By sbtech on 5/24/2012 12:10:32 PM , Rating: 2
Brett,

That is really for some people. But you should consider the fact that a windoes 8 tablet suddenly opens up the complete windows software world to you, which neither Apple nor Android does.

Here is a small example, if I am carrying a tablet, that is carrying something in my hand/rucksack, I would not carry another laptop along with it - say over the weekend. Then if I get a mail from customer to make a short adjustment to their project plan and resend, I can read that mail in Android/Apple, but in windows, I can actually make that short adjustment in MS Project, and send it to them in say 15 mins. Otherwise depending on the urgency, or how much you value that customer, I may have to cut short a trip and get back to office/home to do that 15-20 mins work.

I know that was an example with a specific software, but extrapolate that with all the stuff people do on their Windows PC and you have a compelling case of using windows tablet. I am sorry to say, but if you want to do real work with tablet (what Bill Gates visioned), Android or Apple still dont cut it...

...For some.


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