Steve Wozniak gives views on Microsoft and Surface

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak definitely speaks his own mind and is not afraid to praise companies and products that are competing against Apple. Earlier this year he offered his thumbs-up for Windows Phone and the Nokia Lumia 900. Now he is giving some praise for Microsoft in general.

In a new YouTube video, Wozniak is seen speaking at a recent Q&A event after a press conference for Chile's Entel Summit. Asked about his views on Microsoft, Wozniak states, "I'm glad that Microsoft is starting to show maybe they're a different company than before, I don't remember this sort of thing happening in a long, long time with Microsoft, so I'm very happy."

He also repeats his praise of Windows Phone and also points to the success of the Xbox game console business as proof that Microsoft could generate a successful consumer product. Not surprisingly, he also states in the video that he wants to own the Surface tablet that Microsoft first revealed in June. However, he will hold off on his final verdict for the tablet until he tries it out for himself.

Wozniak's viewpoints on Microsoft seem to echo many other tech industry analysts that Microsoft seems to be gaining more attention as it battles rivals like Apple and Google.

Via: WPCentral
Source: YouTube

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Anyone besides me notice that since Steve died, you seen more of Wozniak then before?
but another note good he is still out there trying out all the new tech gadgets and that.

I've always respected Steve Wozniak for all his contributions to the computer world. As a result of this respect I enjoy listening to and reading articles by him. I like that he is unbiased and refuses to review anything he himself hasn't tried or used. Also I like his sense of humor. After saying this I don't always agree with him but that's my right but I don't believe in disagreeing with anybody just because he has a beard.

I could listen to Woz all day, just because he is honest, and isn't afraid to admit to liking the look of certain people or products.

Though his knowledge know how is a bit dated, Woz appears to have the classic engineer and hacker ethic. That much I can respect. A fan of tech indeed.

Denis W said,
Though his knowledge know how is a bit dated, Woz appears to have the classic engineer and hacker ethic. That much I can respect. A fan of tech indeed.

How can you call his knowledge dated? Isn't he the Chief Scientist of Fusion-IO now? For those that don't know what Fusion-IO do, need to read up how bleeding edge they really are.

.fahim said,

How can you call his knowledge dated? Isn't he the Chief Scientist of Fusion-IO now? For those that don't know what Fusion-IO do, need to read up how bleeding edge they really are.

Didn't know that; I stand corrected.

I think Wozniak really loves technology and does not care about business issues. That is why he gives his opinion in the quality of a product regardless of the manufacturer and he does not care if this product will take market share from Apple or if Microsoft will gain more money from it. I short, this man is a technological man not a business man, if Steve Jobs wasn't a co-founder of Apple with him we might never heard about Apple

Every opinion Woz has is news on tech sites but is it just me or is he completely irrelevant except for trying to get his name in the headlines

like what effect does woz slams apple, woz likes nokia phones, woz doesn't trim his food-stained beard have anyway

Co_Co said,
Every opinion Woz has is news on tech sites but is it just me or is he completely irrelevant except for trying to get his name in the headlines

like what effect does woz slams apple, woz likes nokia phones, woz doesn't trim his food-stained beard have anyway

Woz buys all the gadgets, he is a fan of electronics period.

Co_Co said,
Every opinion Woz has is news on tech sites but is it just me or is he completely irrelevant except for trying to get his name in the headlines

like what effect does woz slams apple, woz likes nokia phones, woz doesn't trim his food-stained beard have anyway

Woz was much more important to Apple than Jobs was. Jobs was just the salesman, while Woz created the hardware that started Apple. In the later years, Woz had little to do with Apple, but Jobs still was the salesman while the others in the company did the work that Woz once did (and Jobs took credit for).

And now it is a double edged sword - tech sites wants Woz's opinion, and so when he gives it then he is condemned by some like yourself as being irrelevant. And then there is Woz standing in line for an iPhone, not seeking publicity, but being out with the people who are buying the product. He is praised by the Apple clan for knowing the right device to buy. He gives his opinion on some other manufacturer's product, and suddenly he becomes irrelevant once again.

And then your "food-stained beard" comment - really sad. The guy was invited to whatever conference this video was taken from, the guy has enough class to put on a suit and tie rather than tennis shoes and one of the uncreative 20 turtle neck shirts in his closet, but you take a swipe like that?

Co_Co said,
Every opinion Woz has is news on tech sites but is it just me or is he completely irrelevant except for trying to get his name in the headlines

like what effect does woz slams apple, woz likes nokia phones, woz doesn't trim his food-stained beard have anyway

Hey when you do something as big as popularize the personal computer then maybe people will care what you have to say. His analysis is both cogent and surprising. It is strange to hear the co-founder of Apple Computers lavishing praise on Microsoft when the companies have been bitter rivals for decades. Steve Jobs was infamous for his harsh criticisms of Microsoft particularly with respect to style and design.

Co_Co said,
Every opinion Woz has is news on tech sites but is it just me or is he completely irrelevant except for trying to get his name in the headlines

like what effect does woz slams apple, woz likes nokia phones, woz doesn't trim his food-stained beard have anyway

Yep it's getting really old by now. Next thing we'll read is that he's buying a toaster from Target!

We get the point already, he buys ALL gadgets.

Co_Co said,
Every opinion Woz has is news on tech sites but is it just me or is he completely irrelevant except for trying to get his name in the headlines

like what effect does woz slams apple, woz likes nokia phones, woz doesn't trim his food-stained beard have anyway

he didn't even give an opinion. All he said is that he doesn't give opinions until he tries a finished product for himself.

Co_Co said,
Every opinion Woz has is news on tech sites but is it just me or is he completely irrelevant except for trying to get his name in the headlines

like what effect does woz slams apple, woz likes nokia phones, woz doesn't trim his food-stained beard have anyway

Really? Wow...

So someone that literally pieced together computer hardware in a garage that created the generation of technology you are using today is irrelevant now?

How about a Genius IQ, engineering understanding, and a constant student of technology?

Even if you or other people are smarter than Woz or have a better grasp on engineering, this still doesn't remove his experience or 'view' on things from the societal discussion.

Additionally, the MAJORITY of the people out there are not at his level of understanding, and this makes him highly relevant to society and should be a part of any discussion.

He kind of earned that right and by maintaining his passion for technology, gets to keep his 'smart geek' card.

Co_Co said,
Every opinion Woz has is news on tech sites but is it just me or is he completely irrelevant except for trying to get his name in the headlines

like what effect does woz slams apple, woz likes nokia phones, woz doesn't trim his food-stained beard have anyway

the reason we care about what Woz has to say is because in addition to him having a hand in birthing the modern computer (yeah, that tiny thing), he is a fan of technology. he seems to buy just about everything under the sun because he's such a big nerd. so when you publicly comes out to comment on one of a gaggle of gadgets out there, we take notice.

look at it this way:
Snoop Dogg smokes a LOT of weed. wouldn't the common weed smoker want to know which blend the Dogfather likes best? which blend IMPRESSED him?

you don't have to pay attention to him, but i will because at the end of the day, Woz knows what he's talking about. end of story. for me, anyway.

Co_Co said,
Every opinion Woz has is news on tech sites but is it just me or is he completely irrelevant except for trying to get his name in the headlines

like what effect does woz slams apple, woz likes nokia phones, woz doesn't trim his food-stained beard have anyway


I saw a Wozniak post and I immediately knew--I KNEW--one of the first commenters would be some sandyvag whiner griping that "nobody cares" what Woz says or something along those lines.

Every. Single. Time.

It's like there's an organization that scours the web for Woz articles and dispatches people to shake their tiny little impotent fists.

nohone said,

Woz was much more important to Apple than Jobs was. Jobs was just the salesman, while Woz created the hardware that started Apple. In the later years, Woz had little to do with Apple, but Jobs still was the salesman while the others in the company did the work that Woz once did (and Jobs took credit for).

And now it is a double edged sword - tech sites wants Woz's opinion, and so when he gives it then he is condemned by some like yourself as being irrelevant. And then there is Woz standing in line for an iPhone, not seeking publicity, but being out with the people who are buying the product. He is praised by the Apple clan for knowing the right device to buy. He gives his opinion on some other manufacturer's product, and suddenly he becomes irrelevant once again.

And then your "food-stained beard" comment - really sad. The guy was invited to whatever conference this video was taken from, the guy has enough class to put on a suit and tie rather than tennis shoes and one of the uncreative 20 turtle neck shirts in his closet, but you take a swipe like that?

Still .. Woz has nothing to do with Apple what it is today. Regardless, Woz is a nerd. I like nerds!

nohone said,

Woz was much more important to Apple than Jobs was. Jobs was just the salesman, while Woz created the hardware that started Apple. In the later years, Woz had little to do with Apple, but Jobs still was the salesman while the others in the company did the work that Woz once did (and Jobs took credit for).

And now it is a double edged sword - tech sites wants Woz's opinion, and so when he gives it then he is condemned by some like yourself as being irrelevant. And then there is Woz standing in line for an iPhone, not seeking publicity, but being out with the people who are buying the product. He is praised by the Apple clan for knowing the right device to buy. He gives his opinion on some other manufacturer's product, and suddenly he becomes irrelevant once again.

And then your "food-stained beard" comment - really sad. The guy was invited to whatever conference this video was taken from, the guy has enough class to put on a suit and tie rather than tennis shoes and one of the uncreative 20 turtle neck shirts in his closet, but you take a swipe like that?


Jobs was a salesman? damn im quite sure he's a better programmer then you (or used to be better at least) Your right that the last decade or so, that he ran apple. he was mainly a sales person. But in early years... he and Wozniak did some amazing things. Them together, build and programmed what is basically, the first Personal Computer (yeye, IBM had them too)

Co_Co said,
Every opinion Woz has is news on tech sites but is it just me or is he completely irrelevant except for trying to get his name in the headlines

like what effect does woz slams apple, woz likes nokia phones, woz doesn't trim his food-stained beard have anyway

If you knew Steve Wozniak, you wouldn't say it.

I have always liked the hardware microsoft produced. I stil have a microsoft mn-700 router on a shelf back home. When I was using it I actually had a neighbor knock on my door and ask me to turn down the signal .

majortom1981 said,
I have always liked the hardware microsoft produced. I stil have a microsoft mn-700 router on a shelf back home. When I was using it I actually had a neighbor knock on my door and ask me to turn down the signal .

I was a die hard microsoft hardware fan for many years. Unfortunatly their bluetrack 5000 mouse let it down really bad. The mouse wheel rubber became unstuck and just rolled around the actual scroll wheel. Had it replaced and the same thing happened. Not only that but the rubbery surface of the mouse where the hand rests also game off leaving a tacky (but not stickly residue) feeling plastic. Shameful for the price, I grabbed a cheap 'blaze' mouse form the local store at 1/5th the price and its being going strong for the last 2 years or so.

Still, I've had loads of keyboards and mice for setups and will still recommend Microsoft hardware, but I think from now on I'll just stick with their basics, MS ready mouse/explorer and comfort curve keyboards.