Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who was speaking at a forum in Seoul, South Korea predicted that more than 500 million people will be using Windows 8 by the end of 2013.

Mr Ballmer described Windows 8 as the “deepest, broadest, and most impactful” operating system the company has made to date.

He promised the “best economic opportunity” for hardware makers and Metro application developers who opt to support the upcoming operating system.

That’s quite a number (500 million) but then again, he’s the evangelist in chief.

That’s his job.

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  • 1stkorean

    No way…Ballmer is insane and needs to go NOW! 

    • donzebe

      Insane as he may be, I predict close to 1 billion people will use windows 8 by Jan 2014.

  • 123321

    …well time will show 😉

  • Lason1864

    I now of 63 computers that won’t be running Windows 8!

    • donzebe

      If your current computer is a windows, I am a 100% sure you will be one of the first persons to be running windows 8 when it finally comes out. Price is your only limitation.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5WJGC7242GFDP2QXANKF5WTMEA Rex

    Half a billion in one year is quite a lot comparing to Windows 7 which is about 1/3 of a billion up to this point.  I wont say impossible, but seems highly improbable.  Now I think the number will be closer to 100 million.  Which should even at that number give Windows RT and Windows 8 phone a big advantage.  Though I suppose my household will likely have around 4 copies.