We certainly wouldn't want to spoil the surprise for you, guys, so here he is, the man himself, sharing his opinion on Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Surface...
1. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
I think Surface is an amazing device. You have your tablet and your PC at anytime you like. I wonder how effective it would be for a journalist like we have here at PA, how practical and effective it will be on the go reporting. I always like to be minimalist.
7. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)
12. dmckay12 (Posts: 243; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
I think that it can fill the place of a tablet due to its size and its interface, but unlike any other tablet yet It (except maybe the Note 10.1) the Surface tablets are made to create and be useful. Yes the iPad can crate and edit word documents, but it is a toy. My High School (that I graduated from last year) made it mandatory for everyone except seniors (me) in January 2012. They had been allowed to be used since January 2011. People played games on them. They could look at notes and take notes, but that is all they could really do. I would still need my Laptop though, because over the next few years I will need to run complex programs that it won't be able to handle, I need USB ports, and sometimes, wired internet. It may be a solution for many, but, as with other Windows 8 convertibles, it will only kind of have the portability of a tablet, and only kind of have the usefulness of a laptop.
15. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
Agree 100%. Imagine with Surface Pro, you are carrying a full windows experience with you anywhere and so portable.
19. dmckay12 (Posts: 243; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
It sounds great especially with the keyboard dock (it also sound expensive), but I wouldn't buy one because I need my laptop for many things that it can't do and it would then be only as useful to me as an iPad or an android tablet and would probably cost more. I would imagine that it would be great for reporters, as you mentioned, and many other people but not for me because getting it would make it or my laptop redundant and useless and since my laptop can do much more it is an easy choice for what I will use most of the time.
24. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
heres the wierdest of questions: is Bill still alive or what exactly?
and no im NOT joking
30. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)
Bill and his wife spend most of their time doing charity work these days. They give a ridiculous amount of their fortune to charity. They are of the few that put their money where their mouths are to try to help people in this world we live in.
18. bluexperia (Posts: 41; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
in my opinion, w8 might be the best in tablet area... but in phone it maybe have a lot more to do to compete but i really love its fluidity against other device...but to be a smartphone, might have to learn more from android and ios..
29. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
Yes I agree, Windows Phone 8 has more to learn and improve. But with time it will get matured enough.
22. AnTuTu (Posts: 1578; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)
Great words by a Tech legend.
Hats off to you (Bill Gates) boss :)
2. Synack (Posts: 677; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)
I just think they could've priced it a little more effectively
3. xtroid2k (Posts: 515; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)
Its always great to c a companies founder happy with his baby
4. the_best (Posts: 139; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)
this is what the tablet world need, its not just a toy anymore!
5. yougotkilled1 (Posts: 167; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)
Can't wait for the surface pro! That's how you make a tablet.
6. TheDude13 (Posts: 12; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Long Story Short U Have followed Apple Footsteps
10. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
lol in 1992 i think MS introduced the concept of tablet go kil yourself now and respect the fonder of the most things u are customed to these days and that guy is not steve but gates dont ask me for example cuz i give u the one you will be holding to use the pc
11. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1070; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
How by finally putting a O.S. that is intertwined with a real O.S. be it personal or business is unprecedented at the moment, and not done by Apple or anyone else either. They all will be following MS foot print, and I am a big Android fan.
I believe Windows 8 with Word, Office, Excel, Outlook Express, and Skype definitely will redesign why people buy a MS equipped device..
What ever you use on the desk top will be on the phone, and tablet. That's a big deal to be able to continue in the field/street what you were doing on the tablet, or desk top.
14. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
More like both, ios and Androids.™®©
17. TheRetroReplay (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)
Does your ignorance know no bounds? Bill Gates himself said that the future of computers would be a tablet device while Steve Jobs said that the PC will always be around in it's current form.
So like Apple always does, they stole the idea, which stealing other people's ideas is something Steve Jobs admitted himself.
9. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
of course he'll get a Surface, to him that's like getting a candy bar from the convenience store. xD
13. zippolite28 (Posts: 105; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)
Bill... U r the most lovable person as u ar gr8 to donate so much. .... And sorry to text offtopic
16. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
i think we all knew this day was coming for MS. to have the level of resources they have and to be so vested in the computing industry for the amount of time they have i'd expect nothing less than a groundbreaking product...it just took going thru the motions of Windows Mobile/Professional to get it right. now it seems like we are in the "got it right" phase of things. i'd be interested to see the functionality of the Surface tablet & a Windows 8 phone for that matter.
20. Gusto (Posts: 28; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)
Nice interviewer, the question about surface he HAS to ask is what collor Bill Gates have???
21. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 944; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)
I have a soft spot for Bill Gates as a human being... The man is truly extraordinary. I do not sympathize with the "former" CEO Bill Gates, but the actual man beneath the position.
More CEOs of ALL COMPANIES should be like Bill Gates (irrelated to expertise and vision and imagination in their field, but a holistic vision for humanity)
25. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
love to see a surface phone with snapdragon s4 pro or tegra 4!
26. scifan (Posts: 6; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)
I used to think the future would be a tablet... I've come to believe the future will be a phone or similar device with the ability to hook up to a larger screen & keyboard... carry your apps with you, connect up to a VDI type of environment for heavier weight computing needs, and then detach and take it with you... you effectively carry your computer/storage with you... your contacts, UI with settings, etc you carry with, and have everything else in the cloud.
27. charms55 (Posts: 41; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)
There has been a lot of discussion here and elsewhere about "why does it have USB," etc. "Why not an ultrabook instead."
I think the surface stakes out a new territory. It is NOT an iPad wanna be. It brings many features that the iPad does not, including the above USB, MicroSD support.
It also is not an ultrabook wanna be. The RT is set elsewhere. While it CAN do lots of serious work, it is also designed to be light and fun. Want an ultrabook experience, go Surface Windows 8 Pro or any of the OEM offerings.
Aligned with Skydrive and online Office apps and Office 2013 on board, there is little reason the RT can't be a serious link in the business world, even without a lot of add ons. People say, "Yeah but iPad can..." No, without apps that only take you part way there, iPad cannot do many of those things.
This is not a complete dis of the iPad. It is an innovative, creative and useful device. However, the Surface is NOT and iPad. It is more. It is not an ultrabook. It is less. It is staking out a new niche if you will.
28. damokles (unregistered)
He makes me feel like that he is either not prepared for touch-based devices, because they didn't work with touch from the start or he simply wasn't prepared for the interview :/
He doesn't look convinced about windows 8 going touch :/