Bill Gates Speaks Highly of Tablet PCs

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Bill Gates has been the man in the news lately due to Microsoft’s launch of Vista and Office 2007 yesterday. He has had interviews with just about everyone from NBC’s "Today" show to "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart". During his interview with The Seattle Times though, he spoke about how he has always believed in the Tablet PC concept.

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Here is the section of the interview where he discusses Tablet PCs:

Q: What’s it like to be so closely identified with a product that so many people use on a daily basis?

Gates: Well it’s fun when I get to go out to schools and see kids using it in ways I wouldn’t have expected. My daughter is at a school where they use laptop computers and I’ve always believed in that Tablet PC concept. But to sit there and see her inking out her homework and, you know, she mails me what are called journal files that shows how she does on the quiz. It’s pretty neat to see the technology at work.

I’m a big Tablet user, which you know that market has grown a lot. It’s millions. It’s still not mainstream, but there’s a ton of tablet improvements in Vista and so we’re trying to drive to the point where it’s common sense that you don’t need textbooks, just every student has that. I think this is a significant step in moving us in that direction.

We have areas like Tablet or security where we’re kind of out on our own leading the way. We have areas like search where somebody else has done good work or like in video games or in media devices. We’re just taking our software-centric way of looking at things and seeing where we can actually bring new competition and do neat new things for end users.

About half the stuff we do is green field you know, Office innovation, a lot of that’s pretty much we’re off on our own; Tablet’s like that; Media Center has been like that and there’s another half where there’s some tough competitors in there.

It’s fun to be involved in something that has so much impact. I always tell Windows developers anything they do right affects hundreds of millions of people and anything they do wrong affects hundreds of millions. So it’s neat to motivate them and we certainly feel great about how hard they work.


He goes on to talk about what the launch of Vista and Office 2007 mean to him personally and of course there are a few marketing pitches in there. The only other time that they’ve launched a Windows and Office update together was back in 1995, so that is all the reason for him to smile. The work is done, for now, and as of yesterday Vista and Office 2007 hit shelves world-wide.

For the rest of the interview or to read more click here.

Via The Seattle Times



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