You Didn’t See This Coming: Microsoft Denies ALL Windows 8 Sales Projections

The company says it doesn’t make any sales projections before launch

By Bogdan Popa on October 12th, 2012 19:51 GMT

After several chief executives expressed their views and clearly said that Microsoft is going to sell millions of Windows 8 copies, another company official steps in front of the media and denies all of these.

All previous sales predictions aren’t accurate and apparently Microsoft doesn’t want to comment on the way its products would perform after their official launch.

A Microsoft spokesperson told Preston Gralla of ComputerWorld that Microsoft doesn’t want to comment on Windows 8’s sales expectations, so further projections are to be made after October 26.

"Per our usual policy, we aren't making any predictions on adoption for Windows 8 before it hits the market,” he said.

Surprisingly, several executives have already commented on this subject and emphasized that Windows 8 is such an impressive operating system that it would most likely sell in high numbers before year’s end.

Keith Lorizio, Microsoft vice president of U.S. Sales and Marketing, told Beet.TV in an interview that his company expects to see 400 million Windows 8 devices sold by July 1.

“When Windows 8 goes live on October 26, the [size of the market] is [over] 1 billion consumers. Our goal … is conservatively over 400 million units in the marketplace by July 1,” Lorizio explained.

What’s more, Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO and the father of all Redmondians, said in an interview with The Seattle Times in early September that Windows 8 would tackle the PC market, so sales of up to 400 million units are very likely.

“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 told the newspaper.
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