Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer spoke during a technology forum in Seoul, South Korea and there he said the company is expecting 350 million Windows 7-equipped machines will be sold in 2012, in total, which is a very good number considering the eminent release of Windows 8.
Sales of Windows 7 machines and the software itself have, surprisingly, not slowed down with the heat Windows 8 is getting for its release in October. Last quarter, sales of Windows 7 Enterprise enjoyed a robust increase leading Microsoft to a bigger-than-expected profit for the period.
The surging demand for ultrabooks and thinner laptops in general plus the release of Windows 8 should keep the PC industry hot in the second half of 2012. IDC estimates that the industry will expand five percent in 2012, after a smaller growth of 1.8 percent in 2011.