Video: Bill Gates shares his thoughts on Windows 8, WP8 and Surface

When it comes to Microsoft news these days, the big names that we tend to hear include Steve Ballmer, Steven Sinofsky, Joe Belfiore, Frank X Shaw and others. But while the biggest Microsoft name of all - Bill Gates - is rarely mentioned in the same breath as Microsoft these days, thanks largely to his extraordinary philanthropic work around the globe, the man himself remains its chairman, and therefore continues to keep a very close eye on the company that he co-founded in 1975.

This week, Gates took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to talk to Microsoft's Steve Clayton to discuss some of the products that Microsoft is about to launch, including Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Surface (and yes, Bill confirms that he owns a Surface RT, with black Touch Cover!).

The full video is at the bottom of this article, but here are a few highlights if you can't watch the video right now:

[Windows 8] is a great upgrade for normal Windows usage, but that idea of a Store, the rich user interface... it's a big step, it's key to where personal computing is going."

We're sharing between Windows 8 Phone [sic] and Windows 8, sharing the user interface, sharing some of those development tools, and over time, we'll just get to do more and more of that, so it's involving, literally, to be a single platform."

This is a big milestone for all Microsoft products in terms of connecting to cloud services... Windows 8, Windows 8 Phone [sic], and the new version of Office that's coming out, they all go get their storage, go get your personalization, and so that's a wonderful thing, and it works - you just sit there going 'Wow!'"

People will be pretty amazed about the energy Microsoft is putting behind this new wave of products..."

This is the big time for us"

Surface is an unbelievably great product, I mean it's really amazing."


Be sure to take a few minutes to check out the video in full:

Source: Next At Microsoft

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Wow, I didn't know they did that. Went though the trouble of renaming ISA to TMG to only then go and ditch it.

is it just me or does it feel like bill is at loss for words sometimes? like he doesn't know what to say but is put on spot and has to answer the question. and the interviewer seems really stilted and unnatural, as if the whole thing was scripted.

nonetheless, i'm curious to see win 8 in action.

Arpit said,
is it just me or does it feel like bill is at loss for words sometimes? like he doesn't know what to say but is put on spot and has to answer the question. and the interviewer seems really stilted and unnatural, as if the whole thing was scripted.

nonetheless, i'm curious to see win 8 in action.

Yes it did seem scripted. But I don't think he was at a loss of words, he just seemed very calm and relaxed. Interviews have never been a weak spot for him.

It did feel stilted, and I kept on wanting him to say more in response.

Windows 8 is a big deal for Microsoft. This interview - and this very poor interviewer - was disappointing.

Bill may have had an off-day. But perhaps he was, quite rightly, thinking about more important things than a Microsoft operating system.

Arpit said,
is it just me or does it feel like bill is at loss for words sometimes? like he doesn't know what to say but is put on spot and has to answer the question. and the interviewer seems really stilted and unnatural, as if the whole thing was scripted.

nonetheless, i'm curious to see win 8 in action.

He's not a natural speaker, but who cares? Does that matter at all?

Bill Gate is not Steve Wozniak, can't seem to be critical of what's happening at Microsoft.

I like Woz for that, if he does not like something about Apple, well, he's open about it.

TruckWEB said,
Bill Gate is not Steve Wozniak, can't seem to be critical of what's happening at Microsoft.

I like Woz for that, if he does not like something about Apple, well, he's open about it.

Woz is the one and only.

TruckWEB said,
Bill Gate is not Steve Wozniak, can't seem to be critical of what's happening at Microsoft.

Difference beeing that Gates is still involved in Microsoft, whereas Woz was more or less killed off of Apple...

TruckWEB said,
Bill Gate is not Steve Wozniak, can't seem to be critical of what's happening at Microsoft.

I like Woz for that, if he does not like something about Apple, well, he's open about it.

Bill Gates was critical of Windows Vista. So, no, your statement is not correct.

TruckWEB said,
Bill Gate is not Steve Wozniak, can't seem to be critical of what's happening at Microsoft.

I like Woz for that, if he does not like something about Apple, well, he's open about it.

Well, Woz is no longer affiliated with apple (except as a shareholder). Bill gates is still the chairman. What do you expect him to say?

TruckWEB said,
Bill Gate is not Steve Wozniak, can't seem to be critical of what's happening at Microsoft.

I like Woz for that, if he does not like something about Apple, well, he's open about it.

Woz has pretty much stopped working at Apple since the Apple I. He was just there idling doing nothing, this early 80's. So really doesn't have much understanding of Apple since it is a completely different company rom when worked there over 30 years ago. He can criticize it too, yet stand in line or the latest iPhone. He is just rich old spoiled brat with lots of time on his hands. Steve Jobs seemed to love him to bits though, even when he criticized Apple. I guess Steve didn't care, because if it weren't for him Woz, there really be no Apple at all.

TruckWEB said,
Bill Gate is not Steve Wozniak, can't seem to be critical of what's happening at Microsoft.

I like Woz for that, if he does not like something about Apple, well, he's open about it.

I thought Woz was washed up, irrelevant, hadn't done anything in years, or any of the other lines given by the Apple fans when his name is used. But now using him is a good thing?

bla bla essential everything is great, big steps and bla bla. No impartiality. I dont't expect that he sais everything is crap. But maybe a little more admit that it also can be a risk.

thekim said,
bla bla essential everything is great, big steps and bla bla. No impartiality. I dont't expect that he sais everything is crap. But maybe a little more admit that it also can be a risk.

I used to think like that. But Steve Ballmer is Bill's man and he seems to be pretty happy with his leadership, so I don't think there would be anything different with Bill back to MS, if not only for the 'romantic' feeling it might've bring to the company and it's followers.

thekim said,
bla bla essential everything is great, big steps and bla bla. No impartiality. I dont't expect that he sais everything is crap. But maybe a little more admit that it also can be a risk.

aha, and he can only say so coz he has to and it's totally impossible that he's actually satisfied, right? Haters gonna hate...