Microsoft Predicts Windows 7 Devices Will Outsell iPad 5-to-1
May 22, 2012 5:17 PM
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Company expects another year of record sales, despite imminent successor incoming
Microsoft Corp.'s (
) 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
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
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. (
) has been
challenging traditional PC makers in sales
, assuming you count the best-selling iPad tablet as a "personal computer".
Gartner, Inc. (
), 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. (
) and various ARM Holdings plc (
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.
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5/23/2012 12:50:06 AM
The iPads success came from those that bought and wanted the newest gadget, regardless of their Apple/MS bias.
With that said, it is possible Win8 will have features that will allow it to outsell the iPad, but a major factor in that reasoning is that everyone that really wanted to buy an iPad already has one.
Personally I think MS should have branded Win7 as the hub to all devices, instead of quickly putting out another version. Win7 is like XP - easy to use, works great, with no need* to get a new version. I'm not upgrading to something I see as a glorified phone interface when all current games run at max everything flawlessly and I have no issues whatsover with my OS.
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