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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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By StevoLincolnite on 5/22/2012 6:57:49 PM , Rating: 2
What I find easy to use is the same GUI layout I've been using for pretty much almost the last 2 decades...

With that said, the Developer preview of Windows 8 has been fantastic on my Atom convertible netbook/tablet.

But touch and the keyboard and mouse are very different input methods, metro is designed for touch in mind, there is allot of clutter that will be replacing relatively clean desktops that most users have laid out the way they want.

On the bright side, Metro can essentially just replace the start menu for allot of people, which I hardly used anyway, I prefer to keep all my apps and games shortcuts in separate folders on the desktop and frequently used apps in the taskbar.

The other flipside to this is that Microsoft has been rolling out metro on all it's platforms, from phones, xbox, PC's...
So people will automatically recognize the devices and know what OS it is instantly, with Windows pushing power it may translate to more Windows phone sales because it is something people can use easily because of prior experience.


By leviathan05 on 5/23/2012 10:01:58 AM , Rating: 2
I go a step further and don't use any GUI layout at all. A "desktop" with "windows"? No thanks. I'll stick to DOS prompt on boot. What kind of an input is a mouse anyways? How will that help me be more productive in any way?

I can run any program on my computer with my keyboard and it works just fine. Change is not for me.


By ShaolinSoccer on 5/23/2012 1:45:33 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I go a step further and don't use any GUI layout at all. A "desktop" with "windows"? No thanks. I'll stick to DOS prompt on boot. What kind of an input is a mouse anyways? How will that help me be more productive in any way? I can run any program on my computer with my keyboard and it works just fine. Change is not for me.


LOL! I sure hope you're being sarcastic :)
Though there are people out there who use the non-graphical UI of Linux.


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