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Bill Gates supports Microsoft’s decision to build its own tablets

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Bill Gates supports Microsoft’s decision to build its own tablets
With the announcement of Microsoft choosing to manufacture its own tablets for the Windows 8 debut rather than go with their hardware partners, some may have been wondering what Bill Gates thought of this decision.

Gates joined Charlie Rose last night to talk about a number of topics. Among them was Microsoft’s new Surface tablet. Gates says he thinks Microsoft was right to build its own tablets. He also believes that Windows 8 will kill the traditional PC.

"You can get everything you like about a tablet, everything you like a PC, all in one device. That should change the way people look at things," he said.

Rose also asked Gates if he thought Jobs was right and should Microsoft of followed the same hardware/software integration strategy that Apple did right from the get go. While Gates expressed no regrets about the past decisions of Microsoft, he says he currently supports Microsoft making some of their own tablets going forward.

"I actually believe you can have the best of both worlds. You can have a rich eco-system of manufacturers and you can have a few signature devices that show off, wow, what's the difference between a tablet and a PC?” said Gates. 

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posted on 03 Jul 2012, 15:20 2

2. aaronkatrini (Posts: 242; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)

You don't say Bill Gates!

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 21:36 4

16. wendygarett (unregistered)

However it is the right way to kill iPad

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 15:33 3

3. steelicon (Posts: 318; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)

How many times do they have to fail for them to realize that they cannot pull off an Apple?

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 15:38 6

5. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Doesn't keep them from trying. The desktop is going to go through significant transformation - Gates acknowledged as much. If MS doesn't come up with a viable approach to the new reality, they will join the ranks of other failed companies like DEC, Palm, RIM, etc.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 15:36

4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

It is not as if the PC manufacturers have much of an alternative. Windows is on what percentage of desktop and notebook systems? Not even Android has that kind of hegemony in the mobile space. The PC manufacturers don't have any choice.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 16:15 1

6. bubbadoes (Posts: 1225; Member since: 03 May 2012)


posted on 03 Jul 2012, 16:39

7. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)

MS go ahead make your own phone Kin and Tablet Kin and kick Nokia out of the door. Good luck with that.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 17:03

8. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)

Sharp made the KINs

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 17:48 1

9. mas11 (Posts: 1034; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

I love the fact that Microsoft finally decided to sell upgrades for a reasonable price and make them available to Windows XP. $40 is way more reasonable than $120 and up. Microsoft is headed in the right direction as long as they don't give themselves too much of a competitive advantage.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 19:15

13. andyboi_ph (Posts: 101; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


posted on 03 Jul 2012, 18:46 1

11. darkvadervip (Posts: 365; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)

Somebody ban that dude! Go Microsoft go android go apple! Just like what you like and stop being a hater. I got an apple phone getting the surface pro when it comes out and got my android phone as a backup phone plus my MacBook pro for a laptop. Point being its my money. I spend it like I want, like what I like. I'm kind of tired of this apple vs android when in the end they all pay Microsoft a small fee. So who is the pimp and who is the player. Aka stocks and bonds. Be true to yourself most of you all don't use things you buy to its full potential. It's call bragging rights on who got the best and current specs.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 21:20

15. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)

if they could make the surface RT lower than ipad's $499 price tag.. then MS is on the right path...

or if manufactures will make a sub $500 talbet of win8 then surface will fail if its price will start on $600

i hope they could make a tablet smaller than 10" maybe 8"? nokia is rumored making a cross over of phone and tablet but i hope not 7", i hope 8"!!! :)

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 02:04 1

18. mercorp (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)

Please come back to microsoft and fire that scumbag Ballmer,Bill.

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