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Gates already has a Surface RT with a black keyboard cover and loves it

Just days ahead of the release of Windows 8 and the Surface tablet, Microsoft co-founder and chairman Bill Gates offered his opinion on the company's latest products -- and he seems to be rather fond of them (naturally).

In a video interview with Microsoft's Steve Clayton of Next blog, Gates talked about how incredible Windows 8 is, and even said "Windows 8 is key to where personal computing is going." 

Gates added that Windows 8 has brought the operating system into "the world of touch, low-power devices - really giving people the best of what you think of as a tablet-type experience and the PC experience. 

Gates sees Windows 8 as a perfect balance between a mobile and PC experience because it incorporates touch, making certain tasks faster and easier, but also keeps some traditional aspects of the computing experience - such as using a keyboard or mouse.

"You want to incorporate touch without giving up a kind of keyboard/mouse capability that is just so natural in most settings," said Gates.

Of course, Gates also gave his opinion of Microsoft's Surface tablet, saying that it's an "unbelievably great product." In fact, he already has a Surface RT with a black keyboard cover. 

"You can't appreciate it without seeing it," said Gates. "People, get to a store and play around with this thing. The way you put that keyboard on and off, the richness of the swiping that takes the touch interface to a new level, just the beauty of the device - it is absolutely incredible."

Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface will be released this Friday. The Surface already went on sale for pre-order and sold out of its 32GB units

"People will be pretty amazed about the energy Microsoft's putting behind this new wave of products," said Gates. "We really saved up in terms of knowing this was such an important set of innovations that whether it's great new applications, ISV engagement or just plain marketing, this is the big time for us."

You can watch the interview here:

Source: technet

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All about the Benjamins...
By Newspapercrane on 10/22/2012 1:21:14 PM , Rating: 2
Ol' billy isn't exactly the most price sensitive consumer, out there. You also have to ask yourself: how much Microsoft stock does he have left these days?

RE: All about the Benjamins...
By ebakke on 10/22/2012 1:31:00 PM , Rating: 2
Who honestly cares?

RE: All about the Benjamins...
By Argon18 on 10/22/2012 1:52:34 PM , Rating: 2
If you value someone's opinion, it's usually best to find out their motivation. Do they have significant financial interest in the success of the product? If Yes, then their opinion is meaningless, it's nothing more than an advertisement. Bill Gates praising a Microsoft product? Um. Gee. No surprise there.

RE: All about the Benjamins...
By ebakke on 10/22/2012 2:10:19 PM , Rating: 3
Is there a single person who visits this site that thinks Bill Gates is unbiased? Seriously.

RE: All about the Benjamins...
By NellyFromMA on 10/22/2012 3:02:37 PM , Rating: 2
God forbid someone promotes a product they have a stake in, right? MAybe marketting should cease to exist and all commercials should go away since they are totally biased...

I think this goes without saying and maybe its just me but I think we've all come to accept it....

RE: All about the Benjamins...
By ebakke on 10/23/2012 12:25:48 AM , Rating: 3
Don't get me wrong, I don't have any beefs with Bill hyping up a Microsoft product. Not in the least. I'm merely stating that the OPs post is useless. People already know he's rich. They already know he still gets money from Microsoft. He may or may not think the Surface is the bee's knees. Take his opinion for whatever you will. But turning this into a "OH HE'S RICH AND RICH == EVIL" argument helps no one.

RE: All about the Benjamins...
By NellyFromMA on 10/23/2012 8:59:45 AM , Rating: 2
Meant to post to the posted you replied to as well. Apologies

RE: All about the Benjamins...
By NellyFromMA on 10/22/2012 3:03:45 PM , Rating: 2
Cause when Steve Jobs promoted a product, it totally failed to generate buzz interest and sales, right? His bias totally got in the way of Apple's success... Oh oops, I was holding the list upside down.... that's actually 1st place.

RE: All about the Benjamins...
By inighthawki on 10/22/2012 4:03:32 PM , Rating: 2
Because Bill Gates totally needs more money... That's totally the reason he claims he likes it. Yes, financial motivation...

By Newspapercrane on 10/22/2012 4:59:23 PM , Rating: 2
Your logic assumes that everyone who has a lot of money never tries to make any more money.

The point wasn't that Gates is a complete lying sellout, the point was that you should take his opinions with a Grain of salt.

RE: All about the Benjamins...
By Mitch101 on 10/22/2012 9:41:35 PM , Rating: 2
Considering he is giving away his fortune for charity and the well being of others ABSOLUTELY.

Bill Gates devotes his time to running what has arguably become the most powerful charitable organisation in the world.

RE: All about the Benjamins...
By superstition on 10/22/2012 10:33:39 PM , Rating: 1
Ask the Trojans about large charity.

RE: All about the Benjamins...
By bupkus on 10/23/2012 12:11:09 AM , Rating: 3
What has condoms to do with it?

Trojans have been very charitable. They often pack a box of large condoms with mediums just to make their customers feel better.

RE: All about the Benjamins...
By inighthawki on 10/23/2012 4:25:46 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure if you're serious, or if that's a terrible joke...

Ooooh Shiny
By AssBall on 10/22/2012 1:03:12 PM , Rating: 5
Young Bill Gates: This hardware is crap!

Old Bill Gates: It comes in colors?

By max_payne on 10/22/2012 2:41:43 PM , Rating: 1
Let's see, for $500+ you get a very low power laptop/tablet, low resolution screen, a chicky coloured cardboard keyboard, and horrible OS with huge vga squares for retarded on a ugly coloured background (hum what does the device colour's background in the picture remind you of ? Yes that's what I tough too). Yeah, it's incredible that people will buy that but hey it's new, so for some it's good enough.

By Cape Consultant on 10/22/2012 9:29:09 PM , Rating: 2
Finally someone mentioned what I had been thinking all along but could not complete the thought... VGA! Not even Super VGA :) That is exactly what these large ugly squares remind me of. PLEASE! WTF?

But like above, I will for sure visit a store and check it out. I respect Bill Gates much. People have called him many things, but never called him stupid. He is pretty much a hero of mine.

By Pirks on 10/22/2012 10:02:19 PM , Rating: 2
I used 7" playbook with same ppi as surface for a long time - the screen is perfect, no need for retina at all

don't listen to retina fappers and apple cock suckers, go to store and check the surface screen yourself, you may be pleasantly surprised just I like was with playbook's screen

By Ammohunt on 10/22/2012 1:49:08 PM , Rating: 3
Its like asking a parent what he thinks about his child...

By tayb on 10/22/2012 4:09:57 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not a fan of the product on paper but I will take him up and go check these out in a store. Maybe I'll be impressed, maybe not. We'll see. I have been using Windows 8 for a while now and I rather like it. I'm never in Metro unless I have to reboot my machine so I'll give it a go in a store.

Windows ME/Vista
By Pontinha on 10/23/2012 12:14:35 PM , Rating: 2
He probably said the same about Windows ME and Vista before their respective releases.

Real work
By paulpod on 10/23/2012 2:34:47 PM , Rating: 1
Funny how people (already rich managers) who don't have to do real work on a computer are the only ones who like Windows 8.

I started up my trial copy again and was trying to work on the desktop. You know, the afterthough in Win8 that let's me effectively work with and monitor DOZENS of semi-overlapping windows.

Then Windows Update wanted to operate so I clicked it. AND IT TOOK OVER THE WHOLE 24" MONITOR SCREEN!!!!!

There is NO REASON this "app" could not open in a Window (did they forget the name... Windows!!) except that programmers at Microsoft are now the LAZIEST people on earth! And they cover up their laziness by inventing a religious belief that workflow on a large monitor desktop should conform to the workflow used in a 5" phone screen.

Got 30 seconds in.......
By Tony Swash on 10/22/12, Rating: -1
RE: Got 30 seconds in.......
By Cheesew1z69 on 10/22/2012 2:02:11 PM , Rating: 1
Good thing your opinion is about as worthless as a bucket of shit...

RE: Got 30 seconds in.......
By Argon18 on 10/22/12, Rating: 0
RE: Got 30 seconds in.......
By NellyFromMA on 10/22/2012 3:00:30 PM , Rating: 3
Lol, this is a perfect example of FB syndrome.

FB changes its wall and everyone cries for a short time and before you know it people adapt cause its better than the alternatives.

Who's whining about that anymore?

Especially funny is that you're chastising MS for innovating and yet Win8 is the single largest innovation in the entire industry in 15-20 years and yet because they are doing that you are upset.

here's the truth..... Most consumers don't know what they want. If you design something literally as the consumer requests, you assume they know what actually works and they don't. They are consumers and need your (the designers / devs / engineers) guidance in coming up with the best issue.

Here's how it works. Don't ask them what they want; ask what their problems are and attempt to understand all of their problems and conceive a solution to resolve it.

MS has done this over the course of their entire existence, but especially in the last 5-7 years amassing user information about how they actually interact with their PCs.

They will NEVER EVER please everyone. They just can't, largely because consumers are fickle and many times adamant that they know what they want but actually do not. That's why consumers are not typically experts. If they were, they'd likely be contributing towards the work to develop new devices.

It's just the way it is. Thanks for highlighting that.

RE: Got 30 seconds in.......
By superstition on 10/22/12, Rating: 0
RE: Got 30 seconds in.......
By Tony Swash on 10/22/12, Rating: -1
RE: Got 30 seconds in.......
By Pirks on 10/22/2012 6:34:53 PM , Rating: 2
while tony was busy fapping in general cupertino direction the two surface higher end models are all sold out now in the states

RE: Got 30 seconds in.......
By superstition on 10/25/2012 6:42:44 PM , Rating: 2
Win8 is the single largest innovation in the entire industry in 15-20 years

Of all the fanboi nonsense, this takes the cake.

RE: Got 30 seconds in.......
By anactoraaron on 10/22/2012 4:49:33 PM , Rating: 1
Apple's current model, watch what other people are doing and then copy anything that succeeds, has worked well in the consumer market. Apple takes two, three years to copy what other people are doing, as they have always done, and their first efforts are usually not so good (a la the iPhone 1st gen) , as they always were in the past. Now that their old model is broken and because they claim to have invented whatever they have copied and have patents which have prior art, they now feed off a broken patent system to force the innovation from other companies to be banned from their old smartphone & tablet 'monopoly' advantage, and even all their money, won't help them.

There. Fixed that for ya.

RE: Got 30 seconds in.......
By theapparition on 10/22/2012 4:58:49 PM , Rating: 2
Microsoft's old model, watch what other people are doing and then copy anything that succeeds, doesn't work anymore in the consumer market.

Good thing Apple invented the mouse.....err, whoops.

You mean like copying the MP3 player.

How about copying from Palm.

Face it. Apple's entire business strategy has been to copy things already on the market, and yes, most of the time improve them. Yet if MS or any other company dares to do it, then it's wrong.

Why oh why did I bother responding. Took the bait, didn't I.

RE: Got 30 seconds in.......
By retrospooty on 10/22/2012 6:33:30 PM , Rating: 2

theapparition: "Face it. Apple's entire business strategy has been to copy things already on the market, and yes, most of the time improve them. Yet if MS or any other company dares to do it, then it's wrong."

Tony Swash: "[crickets]" as always.

Tony is only here to spread FUD that serves his agenda. He cant answer the claims of Apple copying all of their tech from others.

RE: Got 30 seconds in.......
By Tony Swash on 10/23/2012 6:09:54 AM , Rating: 1
Tony Swash: "[crickets]" as always

Dude I know your obsessive love for me knows no bounds but we live in different time zones, I have to sleep sometimes :)

Apple entered three existing markets (music players, smart phones and tablet computers) with a new innovative product that completely disrupted and transformed those markets.

Luckily most of Apple's competitors are run by simpleton's's like yourself who fail to understand what is unfolding before their very eyes and couldn't recognise, let alone understand, innovation if it bit them on the bum, and thus they remain just road kill caught in the headlights.

RE: Got 30 seconds in.......
By retrospooty on 10/23/2012 10:23:08 AM , Rating: 2
So in other words, you wont answer any of the points where Apple clearly copies its competitors. They do it, you know it.

I agree Apple changes things for the better... I have no problem with that, I am glad for it anyone that uses a modern smartphone should be glad for it. They did it with the multitouch UI and with high res screens... I thank Apple for that.

As I have always said, all companies build off the ideas of others. This has been the basis for the free market since the free market existed. Apple built off the ideas of Palm and RIMM and made it better. OK, point to Apple. the ONLY problem anyone has is the hippocracy. Its OK for Apple to copy others, but not for others to copy Apple. When Apple copies others, its brushed under the rug like its OK. When others copy Apple. Apple whines like a little school girl.

That is the only issue people have, and the one you dont address.

I think Microsucks is a unscrupulous company...
By Beenthere on 10/22/12, Rating: -1
By NellyFromMA on 10/22/2012 3:05:59 PM , Rating: 2
How dare he earn profits by dwesigning a product that literally changed the world as we know it. The NERVE!

How dare he try to rid the world of malaria and give countless charitable contributions to those in need. What an ass!!!

By ilostmypen on 10/22/2012 3:34:20 PM , Rating: 2
wait. . . are you honestly complaining that they destroyed the paid browser market? That market was doomed to fail from the start.

By superstition on 10/22/2012 10:30:57 PM , Rating: 2
Hindsight bias. Netscape was doing well until its market was destroyed by monopolist dirty tricks.

Bill Gates
By hood6558 on 10/22/12, Rating: -1
RE: Bill Gates
By Connoisseur on 10/22/2012 2:08:38 PM , Rating: 5
Umm I don't believe Bill Gates has EVER been a great speaker. I wouldn't expect a Steve Jobs level of energy or charisma out of Gates during interviews. Comparing the two, Bill is the nerd and Steve is the salesman. Both have been tremendously successful exercising their strengths. Interviews are NOT one of Bill Gates' strengths.

RE: Bill Gates
By max_payne on 10/22/2012 2:22:35 PM , Rating: 2
Nice post hood6558, I have the impression that this looks flatly like a MS commercial. Too much "it's incredible here and incredible there" should immediately raise eyebrows. Sound's like my life's insurance salesman.

RE: Bill Gates
By NellyFromMA on 10/22/2012 3:04:48 PM , Rating: 2
Please see his interviews regarding malaria and his charitable works. It's just the way he is. He even addresses it during a question. I think it was 60 minutes.

RE: Bill Gates
By Milliamp on 10/22/2012 3:21:18 PM , Rating: 2
He is mildly autistic if I am not mistaken. I read that he has aspergers somewhere once.

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