Microsoft exec predicts one billion Windows users by 2010

“There are 600 million Windows PCs today, according to Microsoft. But by 2010, there will be more than 1 billion of them, company officials claim. Will Poole, the head of Microsoft’s Windows client business, made these bold predictions here at the annual Microsoft worldwide partner conference in his keynote on Monday morning,” Mary Jo Foley reports for Microsoft-Watch.

“According to Microsoft’s figures, 35 percent of enterprises are still running Windows 9X-based versions of Windows (like Windows 98 and Windows Millennium Edition) and/or NT Workstation. These users are ripe for upgrades, Poole said,” Foley reports.

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  1. erk,

    Me too, personally I’m really looking forward to SP2 and all the problems that will follow ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  2. If nothing else, it makes you realize that MS ending support for NT4 will not make such a big difference. The people still using Windows 9X have been without support from day 1, and they still don’t upgrade.

  3. “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.”
    [Benjamin Disraeli (1804�1881), British statesman, author. Quoted by Mark Twain in his Autobiography, ch. 29, Mark Twain (1924)]

    There are approximately 6,380,000,000 people on Earth. Are they saying that 1 in 10 people worldwide currently have a computer using Microsoft? Barely 1 in 10 in the USA owns a computer (reminder: people not households). I’d think 1 in 1000 world wide would be a better number.

    I highly doubt their numbers unless they counted the 400 million Microsoft-based computers in the landfills as part of their numbers.

  4. My guess is that 400million of those “installed” Windows PCs are landfill.

    Linux is so going to destroy M$. And there is nothing…they…can…do…about…it!!!

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