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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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Got 30 seconds in.......
By Tony Swash on 10/22/2012 1:56:18 PM , Rating: -1
Got 30 seconds in....... and fell asleep.

Microsoft's old model, watch what other people are doing and then copy anything that succeeds, doesn't work anymore in the consumer market. Microsoft take two, three years to copy what other people are doing, as they have always done, and their first efforts are usually not so good, as they always were in the past. Now their old model is broken and in the new device markets their old OS monopoly advantage, and even all their money, won't help them.

Watching Microsoft nowadays is like watching Edward Scissorhands doing brain surgery.




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
quote:
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
quote:
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
quote:
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
quote:
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.


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