Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer recently claimed as many as 500 million PCs were ready to upgrade to the upcoming Windows 8 OS.
Windows 8 Already Supported By 500 Million Existing PCs, Says Microsoft
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talked about 500 Million existing PCs that can upgrade to Windows 8 at the Digital Forum in Seoul in South Korea. Windows 8 is the upcoming OS release from Microsoft. It is still under development with the final preview build coming early next month as the Windows 8 Release Preview.
Ballmer’s figures are based on the number of Windows 7 licenses already sold because all of those machines can be upgraded to Windows 8 directly. This is something that Microsoft has already mentioned earlier on. Microsoft confirmed that this is the same official figure that was announced back in December during the BUILD//2011 conference held in December. This was the same event that saw the release of Windows 8 Developer Preview.
This figure is worth repeating for Microsoft because it represents the immediately available number of PCs that Windows 8 can potentially penetrate. However, Windows 8 is built in a way that can go far behind the Windows 7 machines and run on systems that run on as little as a first-generation Atom processor with 1GB of RAM. So the Windows community is hopeful about the market penetration capabilities of Windows 8.
Microsoft is preparing Windows 8 as the biggest platform change in the Windows history. It will tie together every personal computing device including the Desktop, Laptop, Tablet and smartphone. This represents unprecendented cross-platform compatibility and operations. For users and developers alike, this represents a change in how personal computing is looked at.
Ballmer echoed the sentimens by saying Windows 8 is the “deepest, broadest and most impactful” development in the whole history of software development at Microsoft. Additionally, he reminded everyone of the launch of Skype powered by Windows 8. Skype was bought by Microsoft last year.