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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I don't think he's as excited about Windows 8 as he is that Windows 8 is going to finally be pushing tablets. That's getting his trousers all sticky!

warwagon said,
I don't think he's as excited about Windows 8 as he is that Windows 8 is going to finally be pushing tablets. That's getting his trousers all sticky!
Because Windows has never been on tablets...

Max Norris said,

Seriously? Somebody should tell my tablets that.
I should tell the doctors that I saw years ago holding tablets that they had fake Windows. They're gonna be p*ssed.

KCRic said,
Because Windows has never been on tablets...

Never is a strong word for what a quick Google search could have educated you on.

KCRic said,
Because Windows has never been on tablets...

I assume you're being sarcastic, & if I'm right, I think that was warwagon's point. Microsoft has tried to make operating systems for Tablet PCs for decades now, & it's especially been important to Bill more than others at the company, but it looks like they finally cracked it.

KCRic said,
I should tell the doctors that I saw years ago holding tablets that they had fake Windows. They're gonna be p*ssed.

Should take the guy above's advice about hitting up a search engine. Windows has been running on tablets for about about a decade now. Got one running 7 and one running XP. Nothing fake about it, sorry.

Max Norris said,

Should take the guy above's advice about hitting up a search engine. Windows has been running on tablets for about about a decade now. Got one running 7 and one running XP. Nothing fake about it, sorry.

I think he was sarcastic; anyway I bought my first Tablet in 2002 (Toshiba Portege' 3500) and never looked back. Since then I did not buy laptops anymore, only Convertible Tablets with pen input.
I will not buy a Surface though, I will probably get something like a new model, Convertible Lenovo

Max Norris said,

Should take the guy above's advice about hitting up a search engine. Windows has been running on tablets for about about a decade now. Got one running 7 and one running XP. Nothing fake about it, sorry.

I think he was sarcastic; anyway I bought my first Tablet in 2002 (Toshiba Portege' 3500) and never looked back. Since then I did not buy laptops anymore, only Convertible Tablets with pen input.
I will not buy a Surface though, I will probably get something like a new model, Convertible Lenovo

Fritzly said,

I think he was sarcastic; anyway I bought my first Tablet in 2002 (Toshiba Portege' 3500) and never looked back. Since then I did not buy laptops anymore, only Convertible Tablets with pen input.
I will not buy a Surface though, I will probably get something like a new model, Convertible Lenovo


Only a couple of months ago I got a Eee PC T91 netvertible off eBay for the sole purpose of installing Win 8 on it, (I know that it initially can't run Metro apps due to the screen resolution, but jsyk if you install the Intel GMA 500 driver in Win 7 Compatibility Mode it fixes that problem,) & I have to say, I love it. I personally consider it the ultimate portable computer, (but that's really just my opinion,) so it's the computer I tend to use when I'm out of the house or if I'm unable to use my main laptop for other purposes. The Kindle app's also great for eReading...

KCRic said,
Because Windows has never been on tablets...

I keep trying to tell me that, but the nightmares from our Windows 7 installs on our rugged tablets here just won't go away. Windows 7 has to be the worst OS I have ever used on a tablet device. The keyboard integration, the expectations of touching small widgets even in high DPI mode. The pain.

Max Norris said,

Should take the guy above's advice about hitting up a search engine. Windows has been running on tablets for about about a decade now. Got one running 7 and one running XP. Nothing fake about it, sorry.
Holy s**t that all went way over your head. You need a bit more coffee it seems

What would Gates know about Windows, we should listen to Valve and the goofy guy from Minecraft, since they obviously have far more understanding of Windows OS technology.

/sarcasm

Shocker: Neowin posts completely normal responses by people and then twists it to make it sound somehow redundant that they said it at all; when what the hell else would he say? Of course he said this, if he said "Meh, go buy a mac", then THAT is news.

I hate to say this under free speech but in my opinion, this site has a HUGE MS fanboi base. I might be popular after this but, I will always tell you what i think. I'll never sugar coat anything

ChrisJ1968 said,
this site has a HUGE MS fanboi base.

I noticed that too, but I am also MS fanboi. Do you have something against MS? Are you google or apple fanboi?

Mike Frett said,
Oh please, what did you expect him to say, that he hates it?.

That's why the title says "shocker". Because it's expected. Nothing wrong with him saying something expected. It's just reporting...

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