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

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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16 Comments

2. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

You don't say Bill Gates!

16. wendygarett unregistered

However it is the right way to kill iPad

3. steelicon

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 02, 2011

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

5. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

6. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

Dahhhhhh.

7. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

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

8. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Sharp made the KINs

9. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 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.

13. andyboi_ph

Posts: 101; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

agree

11. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 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.

15. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 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"!!! :)

18. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

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

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