Steve Ballmer is "pumped up!" about smart devices

Microsoft CEO: Windows Phone 7 is great, but Windows PCs are top "smart devices"

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer came on stage at the Professional Developers Conference today and immediately yelled "I am pumped up!"

That's no surprise for anyone who's seen Ballmer speak before. He's a bit more excitable on stage than, say, Cisco CEO John Chambers.

Ballmer spent only about 10 or 15 minutes on stage before giving way to an underling who gave a cool demonstration of HTML5 on Internet Explorer 9.

Before leaving the stage, though, Ballmer revealed that he is pumped up because of the progress of both Windows Phone 7 and Windows 7. But despite the increasing popularity of smartphones, Ballmer said the PC is still number one in his books. 

"In the last 12 months the world has bought 350 million new personal computers and we've sold 240 million new Windows 7 licenses in just the last year," Ballmer said. "Phones are going to be very important. TVs are going to be very important."


"The PC is the #1 smart device on the planet today," Ballmer continued. "And theres lots of innovation going on."

Ballmer said 88% of businesses are moving to Windows 7. He also quoted figures from IDC that said 409 million PCs will ship in 2011, but I wasn't sure if the 88% Windows 7 adoption figure also came from IDC. 

Ballmer is also pumped up about IE9. The beta has just passed 10 million downloads, making it the most downloaded beta release of the browser ever, Ballmer said.

Ballmer also said he's pumped up about Windows Phone 7, but noted that Microsoft really had to "nail it" in order to make headway into a crowded market that is not dominated by Microsoft. 

"We're entering a market in which there is a lot of activity," he said.

Ballmer also got a huge round of applause when he announced that everyone in the audience will release a new Windows phone. It was a nice moment, Oprah Winfrey would be proud.

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