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Ballmer sees little help from Windows 7 for PC sales

updated 11:40 am EDT, Wed October 7, 2009

Ballmer views only small gain from Win 7

Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer today cast doubt on the likelihood that the imminent release of Windows 7 will spur growth in computer sales. He told those at a Munich press event that he still anticipates a bump in sales from those waiting for the new OS but that it would "probably not be huge." The economy is blamed for the hesitation as Ballmer doesn't see the industry fully recovering for a significant amount of time.

The forecast poses a potential danger for Microsoft as the company is counting on the release of Windows 7 to offset two quarters of revenue declines and its first ever annual drop in revenue, all of which was triggered by drops in sales for its core Windows business. Reluctance was compounded by the poor economy but was initially triggered by fears of incompatibility and slow performance with Windows Vista.

Apple hasn't predicted its own unit shipments but should have received a boost this summer with Mac OS X Snow Leopard and usually gets a significant lift from holiday sales.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Why would it

    When was the last time anyone waited around for an OS (regardless of Windows or Mac) before they bought a computer? First you're waiting around for the OS to ship. Then you're waiting longer because it got pushed back. Then it gets announced/GTM'd and now you've still got months to wait for it to hit the shelves and new computers. Then you're waiting even longer to make sure it has no serious issues with your core applications or the OS itself.

    These days, people just buy their freakin' computer and be done with it. Esp. since, like now, the OSes on them have the 'free upgrade' offer to the next version whenever it is released.

  1. byRyan

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    uh oh

    well ballmer is wrong about everything he says.... maybe he realized this, so he is saying that it won't have an effect so that it will have an effect....

    NOOOOOOO

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Maybe he just took

    his meds? :D

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Clueless tard

    Since when had Monkey Boy been right about anything? I'm sure Bill cringes every time he opens his mouth.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    I can't wait

    to have my Windows 7 party

  1. Kees

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    good sign

    I'm actually thrilled to hear Balmer say this, with his track record for predictions, this must mean that economic uplift is eminent

  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Wrong Again, Magilla!

    The imminent release of Windows 7 most certainly WILL spur growth in computer sales. Apple computer sales.

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