Microsoft Sold 4 Million Copies of Windows 8 in Just One Weekend

Steve Ballmer says the new OS is already a successful product

The new Windows 8 operating system is selling like hot cake, Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer proudly said during the Build conference.

The new Windows version was officially rolled out on Friday and Microsoft expects to at least double these figures before the end of the year.

Ballmer remains the optimistic CEO we all know, as he emphasized in his speech that Windows 8 is a good opportunity for all user categories, regardless of their focus.

“Windows 8 is the best opportunity for software development today,” Ballmer explained. “Hundreds of millions of people are aching to use your apps, just dying to use your application.”

While analysts expect the PC market to continue its decline, Ballmer thinks that Windows 8 is going to support the recovery of this particular industry segment. 400 million PCs powered by Windows 8 are likely to hit the market in 2013, Ballmer said, once again pointing out that Microsoft’s new OS can do whatever the user needs.

“I think we're going to see a lot of growth and vitality and explosion in the PC market,” he added.

“This is a market in which you can do your best work, your most innovative work. This is a market in which you can make money.”

This isn’t the first time when Ballmer is very optimistic when it comes to Windows 8 sales. Back in September when Windows 8 was yet to be released, the Microsoft CEO explained in an interview that his company’s new product is very likely to support the recovery of the PC market with very strong sales.

“There's going to be close to 400 million PCs sold in the next year, which makes it a big market. And whether it's 405 (million) or 395 (million), it's a big market, and Windows 8 will propel that volume,” he said.

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