Microsoft”s CEO Steve Ballmer, on the second day at the BUILD in Anaheim, California, told the attendees, “We still have a long ways to go with Windows 8.” “We’ve got a lot of work to do”. But the work is off to a good start, as he announced 500,000 downloads of the developer preview released last night at 11 p.m. ET.
On Day one, Steven Sinofsky, described the “re-imaging” of Windows. Ballmer went further, calling the strategy bigger — the re-imaging of Microsoft. “We’re all in. We’re retooling all that we do” around all Microsoft’s platforms.
Ballmer told developers: “It’s not going to be Intel or ARM, it’s going to be Intel and ARM”.
“This year there will be 350 million Windows devices sold, and that creates opportunities for developers”, Ballmer said. “There’s never been a better time to have software development as a core skill”. When Windows 8 ships, “there will be at least 500 million Windows PCs” that can be upgraded.