Bill Gates: Windows 8 combines the best of tablet with PC, not returning to Microsoft

Bill Gates has been a tech icon for as long as many of us have been alive and while he built an empire from scratch, he has reiterated, again, that he has no plans to return to Microsoft. In fact, Bill stated that he only gives about 15% of his time to Microsoft as the company's chairman.

Bill recently gave a talk at the Abu Dhabi Media Summit and was asked if he would return to Microsoft much like Steve Jobs did at Apple. This is how Bill responded to that question:

Steve Jobs did a phenomenal piece of work. Apple, most people would have expected, were on their way going out of business. He had run Apple since it was a tiny company and then he came back in and made incredibly valuable. It’s a phenomenal business story and I thought Walter Isaacson did a good job catching that in the book. Steve and I were friends, competitors – we were a lot of different things. It was amazing what he did.

I’m now committed full time to my foundation work and I give about 15% of my time as Chairman of Microsoft. Microsoft is moving ahead with Windows 8 that combines the best of tablet with PC. This month the very first hardware based on that idea including Microsoft’s own Surface will ship. So there’s a lot of exciting stuff ahead in software and I didn’t retire from Microsoft because I thought things were getting boring. In fact a lot of best ideas- the vision of artificial intelligence and robots are still ahead but i did decide the philanthropic world was where my contribution would be more unique and so thats what I’ll work on full time for the rest of my life.

In his response he showed his approval of Windows 8 and Bill has a long history with tablets as he tried to move the industry in that direction back in the XP days. He also stated that he believes the best ideas are still to and that he did not retire from Microsoft because the industry was getting boring.

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The worst part about Bill's efforts, is that we'll have to innovate in agriculture and many other industries just to feed and house the people he's saving......

Oh the humanity

thealexweb said,
Epic shame he's not coming back, Ballmer needs out.

Bill Gates is the architect of an hybrid Windows, ever since Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005.

I still remember reading an interview in which he said he thought hybrids were the future, and he loved watching his daughter do homework on her Tablet PC.

If anything, Microsoft with Bill Gates would have made the transition even earlier.

thealexweb said,
Epic shame he's not coming back, Ballmer needs out.

Jesus, again with the balmer hate - does the biggest windows and office releases ever under his watch not do it for you? Or the upcoming biggest ever launch for MS (Ah that's it isn't it, you have crystal balled the outcome, W8 will be big fail, amiright?)

duddit2 said,

Jesus, again with the balmer hate - does the biggest windows and office releases ever under his watch not do it for you? Or the upcoming biggest ever launch for MS (Ah that's it isn't it, you have crystal balled the outcome, W8 will be big fail, amiright?)

Windows 8 is the tip of an iceberg, There has been some good news coming out of MS, like the Xbox 360 doing well and MSE gaining traction, but offseting it there has been poor share price performance, heavy losses in online search and a botched ad business purchase, Windows and I.E. and Hotmail losses in market share (during Ballmers entire rein). Oh yeh and the failures of the Kin, Zune and Windows Phone to get any traction.

My personal opinion is that they should've left out the tablet aspects out of Windows 8. Its ridiculous when "regular" apps still bring you to the desktop app and then the start button is gone? Again, my personal opinion....Windows 8 will be a mess. Regular power users or even young users could adapt to a point but, what about all the "older" folks that finally got used to Windows as it was until Win7? They will be totally confused. I can personally see a lot of people not upgrading Windows past Win7. I'm a definite power user and I used Win8 and even I'm like WTF were they thinking?

As for Bill, it would be nice to see him back at MS, Steve Ballmer is a joke.

Steve B said,
My personal opinion is that they should've left out the tablet aspects out of Windows 8. Its ridiculous when "regular" apps still bring you to the desktop app and then the start button is gone? Again, my personal opinion....Windows 8 will be a mess. Regular power users or even young users could adapt to a point but, what about all the "older" folks that finally got used to Windows as it was until Win7? They will be totally confused. I can personally see a lot of people not upgrading Windows past Win7. I'm a definite power user and I used Win8 and even I'm like WTF were they thinking?

As for Bill, it would be nice to see him back at MS, Steve Ballmer is a joke.


100% agree!

Steve B said,
My personal opinion is that they should've left out the tablet aspects out of Windows 8. Its ridiculous when "regular" apps still bring you to the desktop app and then the start button is gone? Again, my personal opinion....Windows 8 will be a mess. Regular power users or even young users could adapt to a point but, what about all the "older" folks that finally got used to Windows as it was until Win7? They will be totally confused. I can personally see a lot of people not upgrading Windows past Win7. I'm a definite power user and I used Win8 and even I'm like WTF were they thinking?

As for Bill, it would be nice to see him back at MS, Steve Ballmer is a joke.

100% disagree, but my opinion is based on testing with customers of different skill sets along with family (the kids love Windows 8, the Mrs totally gets it, mum and dad needed a little more time - a week!).

Overall I think the only issue will be some so called 'power users' - if you can seriously call yourself that ("bring you to the desktop app and then the start button is gone" seriously stop it, you move mouse to bottom left and you have the start screen, or right click that pixel and you have quick links to all your 'power user' links).

Steve B said,
My personal opinion is that they should've left out the tablet aspects out of Windows 8. Its ridiculous when "regular" apps still bring you to the desktop app and then the start button is gone? Again, my personal opinion....Windows 8 will be a mess. Regular power users or even young users could adapt to a point but, what about all the "older" folks that finally got used to Windows as it was until Win7? They will be totally confused. I can personally see a lot of people not upgrading Windows past Win7. I'm a definite power user and I used Win8 and even I'm like WTF were they thinking?

As for Bill, it would be nice to see him back at MS, Steve Ballmer is a joke.

At very minimum, an Apps folder on the desktop would be appreciated as a sub for a Start menu.

MsftGaurav said,
He doesn't get it that MS needs him more than the world.

Of course you are correct, being in the strongest position and on the verge of releasing a completely new product line-up with shared architecture and a universal design language which spans server, desktop, laptop, tablet, phone and games console along with new programing tools and complete cloud platform, while still recording massive profits and coming out of the best ever windows and office releases ever - yes of course, they absolutely need to be saved - IDIOT!

S3P€hR said,
Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are just legends. they never die, never. bill more generous and positive, steve more leading and charismatic.

I don't really think this is the time or place but comparing someone that's dedicated their life to charity with an arrogant self centered money hoarder that's never have a crap for his staff or customers is an incredible insult. Bill Gates is the legend.

I don't want Windows 8. I will get Windows 7 when I get new computer soon. I like Windows XP and 7 so much. I knew that Windows 8 is plain boring so much.

gameboy1977 said,
I don't want Windows 8. I will get Windows 7 when I get new computer soon. I like Windows XP and 7 so much. I knew that Windows 8 is plain boring so much.

enjoy using older software on newer hardware
But please remain biased and enjoy your time under a rock.

gameboy1977 said,
I don't want Windows 8. I will get Windows 7 when I get new computer soon. I like Windows XP and 7 so much. I knew that Windows 8 is plain boring so much.

AND JUST HOW IS THIS COMMENT RELATED TO THE ARTICLE???

FalseAgent said,

AND JUST HOW IS THIS COMMENT RELATED TO THE ARTICLE???

Its not, in anyway related, its classic trolling from an obvious idiot - getting common place on here though.

While I respect his decision to work on his philanthropic work, it still kinda bums me out to hear

"[...] so thats what I'll work on full time for the rest of my life."

I think he is better off from Microsoft, and taking care of his charity. We need more people like him to help out with the world.

MDboyz said,
I think he is better off from Microsoft, and taking care of his charity. We need more people like him to help out with the world.

Warren Buffet has had a good influence on him - maybe some long heart to heart discussion along with getting a little older and wiser has resulted in a more kinder gentler Bill Gates as he has matured.

I can only repeat myself, respect to Bill Gates.

I think Microsoft is on a good route, maybe there will be a couple of experiments meanwhile (e.g. Windows 8) though. Also, I got a bit of nerdgasmic excitement on "the vision of artificial intelligence and robots are still ahead".

shame he will not stop trying saving the world and come back to microsoft as i cannot stand steve balmer. im shocked he likes w8 but then again as chairman what else can he say?

smooth3006 said,
im shocked he likes w8 but then again as chairman what else can he say?

Windows 8 will be great for tablets, which is the way things are moving. Bill said himself that Vista was crap so if he approves of Win8, it should be good

smooth3006 said,
shame he will not stop trying saving the world and come back to microsoft as i cannot stand steve balmer. im shocked he likes w8 but then again as chairman what else can he say?

Oh please, how the heck do such people continue to be allowed on this forum.

Microsoft is in the strongest position it has been in years - a coherent set of brands, a focused Windows development, a cross platform uniform look and feel, a marketing team that is focused on the things that matter etc. overall Microsoft is in a lot better position than it was under Bill Gates.

TsarNikky said,

I agree for tablets. For desktops/laptops, hardly.

It's great on desktops. The desktop is much improved, things overall work better, theres Storage Spaces and better multi-monitor support. Even simple things like file copying and the new Task Manager are much improved. The OS uses less RAM. It's faster than Win 7 at most tasks. Security is improved and theres now built-in AV as well. I couldn't be happier with Win 8 on my desktop PC. The desktop is a bigger improvement than 7 was over Vista. I don't use the Modern UI, apart from Search and the Mail + Weather apps.

Some people just cant handle change though, even when its a vast improvement. All these facts are conveniently ignored by people like you, it's like talking to a wall.

Edited by NoClipMode, Oct 10 2012, 3:38am :

NoClipMode said,

It's great on desktops. The desktop is much improved, things overall work better, theres Storage Spaces and better multi-monitor support. Even simple things like file copying and the new Task Manager are much improved. The OS uses less RAM. It's faster than Win 7 at most tasks. Security is improved and theres now built-in AV as well. I couldn't be happier with Win 8 on my desktop PC. The desktop is a bigger improvement than 7 was over Vista. I don't use the Modern UI, apart from Search and the Mail + Weather apps.

Some people just cant handle change though, even when its a vast improvement. All these facts are conveniently ignored by people like you, it's like talking to a wall.

I agree with everything here. Using Windows 8 on the desktop has me really pumped for the Windows 8 hybrids that are coming soon.

NoClipMode said,

It's great on desktops. The desktop is much improved, things overall work better, theres Storage Spaces and better multi-monitor support. Even simple things like file copying and the new Task Manager are much improved. The OS uses less RAM. It's faster than Win 7 at most tasks. Security is improved and theres now built-in AV as well. I couldn't be happier with Win 8 on my desktop PC. The desktop is a bigger improvement than 7 was over Vista. I don't use the Modern UI, apart from Search and the Mail + Weather apps.

Some people just cant handle change though, even when its a vast improvement. All these facts are conveniently ignored by people like you, it's like talking to a wall.

But, but...... start menu!!!!!!!!1111ONEONE

/sarcasm

smooth3006 said,
shame he will not stop trying saving the world and come back to microsoft as i cannot stand steve balmer. im shocked he likes w8 but then again as chairman what else can he say?

With Bill Gates, you got jokes about bluescreens, ctrl+alt+del, windows vista UAC error messages, and longhorn. FACT: With Steve Ballmer, we got Windows 7, IE9, Office 2010, MSE, Windows Phone, and soooo much more. Steve took Microsoft to new heights. Deal with it.

Raa said,

I agree. For tablets.

Having played with the free trial/preview, I'd say it'll be at least decent for PCs as well. Maybe not perfect, but they'll learn from Win 8 and Win 9 will be something extraordinary, just like with Vista and 7. It's certainly an improvement in the speed dept.

Sas Center said,
shame? not sure if serious, or..

i think the company would be better off if gates came back full time. i could understand if he took lets say 5 years off for his "save the world" agenda but microsoft needs the man back, balmer has to go.

Mr Nom Nom's said,

Oh please, how the heck do such people continue to be allowed on this forum.

Microsoft is in the strongest position it has been in years - a coherent set of brands, a focused Windows development, a cross platform uniform look and feel, a marketing team that is focused on the things that matter etc. overall Microsoft is in a lot better position than it was under Bill Gates.

lets see how good the company is when w8 utterly fails.

Mr Nom Nom's said,

Oh please, how the heck do such people continue to be allowed on this forum.

Microsoft is in the strongest position it has been in years - a coherent set of brands, a focused Windows development, a cross platform uniform look and feel, a marketing team that is focused on the things that matter etc. overall Microsoft is in a lot better position than it was under Bill Gates.


actually, the worst part of what smooth3006 said is
shame he will not stop trying saving the world

it's like the most stupid thing I heard for a while.

x.iso said,

actually, the worst part of what smooth3006 said is
it's like the most stupid thing I heard for a while.

everything is crazy to you youngsters.

NoClipMode said,
.....

For these reasons and more, it's my daily driver on all my systems.

Try the new chkdsk. Volumes do not have to be dismounted and the summary you used to see in a DOS/CMD window is now logged in the eventlog!
All good stuff, and people can't get past the app layer.

smooth3006 said,

everything is crazy to you youngsters.

It's just crazy to prioritize tweaking already working product over solving actual problems in the world. especially when one does have resources for the latter.