Bill Gates: Microsoft was right to build its own tablet

 

Founder, Chairman and the most well-known face at Microsoft, Bill Gates was recently a guest on Charlie Rose and said that Microsoft was right to build its own tablet in reference to the latest Surface announcement.

“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?”

Microsoft’s Surface tablets are set to compete with HP, Dell, Lenovo and Asus – four hardware partners who are said to be paying a hefty fee in order to integrate the Windows 8 OS into their tablets.

Gates confirmed that he is happy that Microsoft didn’t go down the route of integrating hardware and software on the same level that Apple did in the past; however, he advocates that Microsoft build more of its own tablets in the future.

Whilst Gates said he’s okay for the company having a one-up over its hardware partners, he also said later that he believes the Windows 8 tablet will kill the traditional PC. “You can get everything you like about a tablet, everything you like in a PC, all in one device. That should change the way people look at things.”

Source: BusinessInsider | Image credit: Charlie Rose

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I Agree with Bill. I can't wait to connect my Surface Pro tablet to my ESXi or Hyper-V server running multiple VM desktops that are optimized for specific tasks. Thereby keeping it secure and fast. The future is therefore in Tablets and Servers... the desktop as we know it will disappear into an all-in-one or a tablet device...

There is a quote that Apple wheel out from time to time, by Alan Kay - he said "People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware."

Maybe it's time for Microsoft to take the hardware side of things a little more seriously. They must have realised now that bad drivers, lazy vendors, too much crapware on computers is significantly responsible for the bad reputation they've got over the years. Anyone who uses Windows daily on servers and desktops and who knows what they're doing, knows that reliability problems are a thing of the past.

I think Microsoft should get more into the hardware game.. try and produce some more attractive products to compete with Apple in the "shiny hardware" stakes - their Surface tablet is a step in the right direction IMHO.

No question that MS had the right to build their own tablet. But, at the risk of seemingly abandoning the desktop and laptop markets? That is one very risky decision.

TsarNikky said,
No question that MS had the right to build their own tablet. But, at the risk of seemingly abandoning the desktop and laptop markets? That is one very risky decision.

they will not abandon the desktop and laptop markets. They're just aiming for an uniform experience over a variety of products. xbox, pc, tablet, laptop, phone..

It takes either Microsoft or Apple to push the PC builders into doing something better than garbage plastic boxes with noisy fans and Bung components.

I was shocked to read that Bill Gates would say that but I was suspicious as the quote did not say what the writer was implying explicitly. So I clicked on the article link, and the link to the charlie rose interview. Bill Gates absolutely does not, not even in the slightest, imply that the tablet will kill the 'Traditional PC', only that the resulting product, surface and the like, is a device that everyone will want, meaning, that the term personal computer will either include this tablet as part of its definition or perhaps be defined as something else. I suggest everyone watch the video themselves and jump to 27 minutes to listen. **** poor article written by Julie Bort of Business Insider. Great interview, I recommend watching the whole thing.

http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/12436

Edited by linsook, Jul 3 2012, 10:54pm :

He must be very happy. He has been waiting for this after his own tablet concept failed.

I know MS will get it right this time.

Yeah, really getting use to the metro..

You may not like it at first but even now in the beta, the metro apps compared to desktop apps , the metro wins by long shot... you may not think the metro is cool because there's no "home", like some don't like windows 8 because there's no start button, (thinking its un-cool).

jd100 said,
Actually they aren't right in building it if they plan on dumping it after a short time.

Why? It doesn't matter if they dump it, as long as the drivers work. Remember, this is Windows... you can pick up a copy of Windows 9 in the store to upgrade it in the future.

Unless you're talking about WIndows RT... no idea what the upgrade path for those are.

rfirth said,

Why? It doesn't matter if they dump it, as long as the drivers work. Remember, this is Windows... you can pick up a copy of Windows 9 in the store to upgrade it in the future.

Unless you're talking about WIndows RT... no idea what the upgrade path for those are.

same kernel, why would it be different?

The King of GnG said,
Be warned: this is the man that predicted, nay that showed the tablet PC ages ago. The result? Apple ftw....

back then tablets where a foreign concept... no one really knew how to make good use of one, therefore we just put a desktop os on it with writing recognition and a digitizer screen... Gate's idea was further ahead then the tech was at the time...

The King of GnG said,
Be warned: this is the man that predicted, nay that showed the tablet PC ages ago. The result? Apple ftw....

As neufuse said, gates ideas were ahead of hardware tech. However, Apple has yet to build a tablet PC. They've made a great consumption device.

It is amusing how he predicted all of this right down to the details way back in 2007 in an interview with Steve Jobs. 2 mobile devices - a fullscreen tablet/laptop and a pocketable device (smartphone).

Also ironic that Jobs beat them to the tablet, but Apple's solution is 3 device, Microsoft's is 2 device. It's pretty clear who has the better solution, but of course that doesn't necessarily mean much in today's world.

Before anyone brings it up, Gates is obviously talking about the average consumer who has no need for high performance.

Of course these tablets are designed to be hooked up to big screens when at home.

Subhadip said,
It is amusing how he predicted all of this right down to the details way back in 2007 in an interview with Steve Jobs. 2 mobile devices - a fullscreen tablet/laptop and a pocketable device (smartphone).

Also ironic that Jobs beat them to the tablet, but Apple's solution is 3 device, Microsoft's is 2 device. It's pretty clear who has the better solution, but of course that doesn't necessarily mean much in today's world.

Before anyone brings it up, Gates is obviously talking about the average consumer who has no need for high performance.

Of course these tablets are designed to be hooked up to big screens when at home.

yeah. there will always be a need for dedicated machines that would not fit the tablet form factor, like servers and render farms.

Subhadip said,
It is amusing how he predicted all of this right down to the details way back in 2007 in an interview with Steve Jobs. 2 mobile devices - a fullscreen tablet/laptop and a pocketable device (smartphone).

Also ironic that Jobs beat them to the tablet, but Apple's solution is 3 device, Microsoft's is 2 device. It's pretty clear who has the better solution, but of course that doesn't necessarily mean much in today's world.

Before anyone brings it up, Gates is obviously talking about the average consumer who has no need for high performance.

Of course these tablets are designed to be hooked up to big screens when at home.

Honestly, as a PC enthusiast I couldn't be happier about tablets. They are an answer to the problem of the everyday consumer wanting in on technology but getting in over their heads with PCs. During all of the last decade, everyone and their grandmother wanted to be online and PCs (or Macs) were the only way to do that reliably. But it was overly complicated for most people, and PCs are technically sophisticated machines that require maintenance. Tablets are cheap, simple, and a commodity.

In other words, we computer geeks get the PC back all to ourselves!!!!

xyritheon said,

Honestly, as a PC enthusiast I couldn't be happier about tablets. They are an answer to the problem of the everyday consumer wanting in on technology but getting in over their heads with PCs. During all of the last decade, everyone and their grandmother wanted to be online and PCs (or Macs) were the only way to do that reliably. But it was overly complicated for most people, and PCs are technically sophisticated machines that require maintenance. Tablets are cheap, simple, and a commodity.

In other words, we computer geeks get the PC back all to ourselves!!!!


considering Windows 8 will be the same on a tablet as on a PC, PC's should get easier for people too.

and maintenence? the normal average computer will keep running for at least 3-4 years without any cleaning or replacing parts (ok, ocasionally stuff breaks down, but a tablet will have a similar small chance of hardware malfunction )

“You can get everything you like about a tablet, everything you like in a PC, all in one device."

A 2600k @ 5GHz with 16GB 2133MHz DDR3 and a 2TB HDD with Tri-SLi 690's ?

Detection said,
“You can get everything you like about a tablet, everything you like in a PC, all in one device."

A 2600k @ 5GHz with 16GB 2133MHz DDR3 and a 2TB HDD with Tri-SLi 690's ?

maybe in the next 5-10 years. just look at the size of the original PS3 compared to the PS3 Slim, and the short time it took them to do that. not sure about SLi but processors, memory, and storage can get as small as is feasible.

remember the communicator on Star Trek was scifi until we started to see stuff like the Motorola StarTac and others.

Detection said,
“You can get everything you like about a tablet, everything you like in a PC, all in one device."

A 2600k @ 5GHz with 16GB 2133MHz DDR3 and a 2TB HDD with Tri-SLi 690's ?

It will come faster then you think. Just don't expect tablets to be ever as fast as a desktop PC of the same generation since it's smaller.

Detection said,

A 2600k @ 5GHz with 16GB 2133MHz DDR3 and a 2TB HDD with Tri-SLi 690's ?

That's what's called niche. And even then, in the future, mobile devices will be much more powerful than that.

ikyouCrow said,

maybe in the next 5-10 years. just look at the size of the original PS3 compared to the PS3 Slim, and the short time it took them to do that. not sure about SLi but processors, memory, and storage can get as small as is feasible.

remember the communicator on Star Trek was scifi until we started to see stuff like the Motorola StarTac and others.

He didn't say in the next 5-10 year though, he said "You CAN get" !

Detection said,

He didn't say in the next 5-10 year though, he said "You CAN get" !

He meant a normal PC a normal person.

simplezz said,
That's what's called niche. And even then, in the future, mobile devices will be much more powerful than that.

Not very often I agree with simplezz, however I do on this. Moore's law is still struggling along, and new breakthroughs are happening all the time.

Detection said,
“You can get everything you like about a tablet, everything you like in a PC, all in one device."

A 2600k @ 5GHz with 16GB 2133MHz DDR3 and a 2TB HDD with Tri-SLi 690's ?

Does it have 15.6" size?

Detection said,
“You can get everything you like about a tablet, everything you like in a PC, all in one device."

A 2600k @ 5GHz with 16GB 2133MHz DDR3 and a 2TB HDD with Tri-SLi 690's ?

* The average user

simplezz said,

That's what's called niche. And even then, in the future, mobile devices will be much more powerful than that.

Yeah and by then PCs will be even faster......

patseguin said,
It's not going to kill computers. How would you play Max Payne 3 on a tablet?

You will be able eventually. GPUs and CPUs are getting smaller and less power-consuming, and since the Surface can be used as a normal pc with a real keyboard, mice and screen I don't see why It won't be possible in the near future.

PmRd said,

You will be able eventually. GPUs and CPUs are getting smaller and less power-consuming, and since the Surface can be used as a normal pc with a real keyboard, mice and screen I don't see why It won't be possible in the near future.

Near Future of course!! When they can make 15.6" size tablet/pc!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I insist 15.6"!!!!!!!!!!!!!! not that kiddy 13" or 10" tablets(hate these small sizes for tablet/pc)

patseguin said,
It's not going to kill computers. How would you play Max Payne 3 on a tablet?

Just think of how a Gyroscope could help the gameplay experience with the right cpu/gpu/engine combination.

patseguin said,
It's not going to kill computers. How would you play Max Payne 3 on a tablet?

It's going to be all about the cloud based gaming experience. Heck with the specs on the Surface you are getting a better PC than some users out there have right now. Nothing gaming worthy but still a pretty nice machine.

As to tablet size, think WIDI (wireless display), you could use your tablet as the console and controller and beam your graphics out to any widi/dlna enabled lcd. No need for a larger display on the device itself.

patseguin said,
It's not going to kill computers. How would you play Max Payne 3 on a tablet?

By attaching keyboard and mouse via USB duh...

patseguin said,
It's not going to kill computers. How would you play Max Payne 3 on a tablet?

Civilization V would be amazing on a tablet for me.

Drossel said,
I hope this will wake up other OEMs to stop making ugly, crappy hardware (mostly).

and do what, copy the iPad?...

neufuse said,

and do what, copy the iPad?...

wat. You're either implying the Surface is ugly/crappy hardware or that it's a copy of the iPad. . .

Righto chief!


he also said later that he believes the Windows 8 tablet will kill the traditional PC. “You can get everything you like about a tablet, everything you like in a PC, all in one device. That should change the way people look at things.”

Not very often I agree with Bill Gates, however I do on this. It won't happen overnight, but the PC will become more and more niche over time.

simplezz said,

Not very often I agree with Bill Gates, however I do on this. It won't happen overnight, but the PC will become more and more niche over time.

what is your definition of a PC?

simplezz said,

Not very often I agree with Bill Gates, however I do on this. It won't happen overnight, but the PC will become more and more niche over time.


How often do you even hear Bill Gates comment on something and disagree with it?

They had to build their own tablet because they knew the OEM's would ultimately half ass the experience. Remember the "Longhorn Vision" PC's? MS had this experience idea and the OEM released bland **** towers lol.

I think Microsoft is right to do this.. Arm tablets are going to eventually become a low margin business as prices are pushed down and will rely on sales of apps in the future for income.. I think that the Microsoft ecosystem needs a huge jumpstart with windows 8 and with them having their own tablet as well as $40 to upgrade .. its pretty obvious windows 8 will be a big seller and developers needed to know that it would be