One billion Windows users can be wrong

Posted by monmouthing on Jul 29, 2007 4:41 AM EDT
DaniWeb; By Dave Winder
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Will Microsoft ever stop treating Linux users as idiots? Probably not while it treats its own users in the same fashion. Just take a look at the latest FUD to arrive from the Microsoft chiefs of staff.

Microsoft COO, Kevin Turner, speaking at the July 26th Microsoft Financial Analyst Meeting 2007. Turner decided to focus his attention on Vista security, rolling out the usual 'most secure Windows operating system ever' company line as expected. Perhaps less predictable was his insistence that it was safer than both OS X Tiger and all major distributions of Linux! Steve 'Barmy' Ballmer, the Microsoft CEO, is also predicting that the installed user base for the Windows OS would reach 1 billion in under a year.

"If you stop and just think about that, parse that for a second, by the end of our fiscal year '08, there will be more PCs running Windows in the world than there are automobiles, which is at least to me kind of a mind-numbing concept" Barmy Ballmer said. Mind-numbing is not the word I would use to describe this vision of the computing future: mind-boggling perhaps, frightening definitely, and misleading possibly.

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