Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer declared on Tuesday that the launch of the upcoming Windows 8 series will represent the ‘rebirth' of Windows operating systems.
Ballmer is very enthusiastic about the future Windows 8, describing it as the "deepest, broadest and most impactful" Windows software ever created by Microsoft. "It's really, in some senses, a dawning of the rebirth of MS Windows... It's certainly the most important piece of work we've done," he said in a speech to the Seoul Digital Forum.
The CEO also said that the new system will support a wide range of devices such as tablet PCs, touch and stylus-based smartphones as well as laptop machines.
Microsoft's aim is to create a big boost with the launch of Windows 8 family of products and join the other big competitors, such as Apple and Google. Ballmer estimated that next year up to 500 million users will enjoy the new system, and promises the "best economic opportunity" for device makers and app developers who adopt the new OS.
During the same conference, Ballmer claimed that 350 million Windows 7 PCs will ship by the end of 2012, mostly supported by the outgoing promotions Microsoft recently launched. One of them will also offer upgrading coupons to Windows 8, starting from 2nd June.