Shocker: Bill Gates says Windows 8 is "a big deal"

Bill Gates is still the wealthiest man in the US, but still only works a few days out of the month at the company he co-founded, Microsoft. However, Gates isn't above hyping up Microsoft's latest products.

In a new AP story, via the Washington Post, Gates says he has naturally been using Microsoft's next version of its PC operating system "“and I’m very pleased with it." He added, "Hardware partners are doing great things to take advantage of the features. It’ll be a big deal.”

It's currently unknown how much Gates will take part in the launch activities of Windows 8. Most of the job of promoting the features of the OS has fallen on the hands of its CEO Steve Ballmer, who made a surprise appearance at a startup accelerator in San Francisco this week to promote Windows 8. He also briefly demoed its upcoming Surface tablet.

Gates is still heavily involved in his non-profit and charitable efforts with his wife Melinda Gates, with their Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Their efforts have concentrated on fighting diseases such as polio in third world countries, along with helping to fund education efforts in the US.

Source: AP/Washington Post | Image via Forbes

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