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Ballmer’s bold prediction: up to 500m Windows 8 users in 2013

According to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Windows 8 represents a “rebirth” of Windows and it’s the “deepest, broadest and most impactful” version of the operating system his company has yet created.

Those are strong words from a man whose legacy may hinge upon Windows 8’s success. But Ballmer apparently isn’t afraid to use them, or to offer up bold predictions about how fast Windows 8 will find its way onto consumer devices.

Is Windows dead? Hardly

Earlier this week, Apple made an announcement that produced many headlines: in the 80 days following the debut of the iPad, the company has sold 3m tablets. For those of us who wondered if the iPad would sell, the answer is clearly a resounding “Yes!”

Not surprisingly, Apple’s early success with the iPad has given a new form of ammunition to those who believe that the PC’s best days are behind it. Even Steve Jobs stated earlier this month, “PCs are going to be like trucks. They’re still going to be around,
they’re still going to have a lot of value, but they’re going to be
used by one out of X people.