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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RE: I'm afraid to laugh...
5/23/2012 7:50:53 AM
Why? Do you think the iPad has EVER outsold Windows 7?
First of all Windows 7 was the first REAL upgrade from Windows XP. You can count Vista right out.
Secondly, the iPad is wanted item. Windows 8? Um...
RE: I'm afraid to laugh...
5/23/2012 9:51:27 AM
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.
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