Gates balks at MIT's laptop for developing nations

According to Bill Gates, MIT has it wrong with the $100 laptop aimed at developing nations. Commenting at the Microsoft Government Leaders Forum in Washington, DC, Gates in one fell swoop bashed the $100 laptop project while at the same time bolstered the newly introduced Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC) platform. He remarked that the MIT laptop is practically useless because of its tiny display and lack of a hard drive.

"If you are going to go have people share the computer, get a broadband connection and have somebody there who can help support the user, geez, get a decent computer where you can actually read the text and you're not sitting there cranking the thing while you're trying to type," said Gates. Interestingly enough, one of the early complaints leveled against the UMPC has been its tiny screen and text.

Gates cleverly plugged the UMPC before he made his comments about the $100 laptop. UMPC devices will range in price from $600 to $1,000 and will include a 7" screen and a hard drive (one of Gates' sticking points with the MIT laptop).

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