Steve Ballmer: 500 Million People Will Have Windows 8 by 2013

By Jamie Condliffe on at

The man at Microsoft's helm, Steve Ballmer, is an optimistic guy. So optimistic, in fact, that he plans for a significant proportion of the world's population to be using Windows 8 by the end of 2013.

Speaking at the Seoul Digital Forum, he estimated that 500 million users will have Windows 8 by the end of 2013, reports AFP. While it's undeniable that Microsoft's OS reach is incredible, that's a lot of people in a very short period of time—especially when you think that some people still run XP. XP.

In fact, he has his eyes on over 7 percent of the world's population. Is it something Microsoft can achieve? Maybe. We already know that it's planning to encourage upgrading, because new computers will get an upgrade to Windows 8 for around a tenner. Also, let's not forget that it's actually an incredibly impressive OS.

Ballmer explained at the same event that Windows 8 is "a dawning of the rebirth of MS Windows... It's certainly the most important piece of work we've done." If he's to meet his own targets, let's hope he's right. [AFP via NeoWin]