Bill Gates thinks Windows tablets have a big chance against iPad & Android ones

Discussion in 'Apple iPad News' started by RaduTyrsina, May 8, 2013.

By RaduTyrsina on May 8, 2013 at 11:43 AM
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    Even if it’s trying hard to penetrate the mobile market, Microsoft is yet to become a notable presence in the portable device environment. Android tablets and the iPad especially have hogged the attention of tech lovers everywhere across the world. For example, the Apple tablet sales have swept past the 141 million threshold, keeping in mind that the total number of tablet sold, reported by IDC, is situated at 253 million. Out of those, just fewer than 2 million are Surface RT or Surface Pro tablets.

    But even in the face of these facts, CEO Bill Gates remains very optimistic about Microsoft’s future in the tablet sector. He feels that even if users continue to buy iOS and Android tablets, they are secretly unful​​filled because they can’t really type or create documents and presentations, which they could be doing if good old Microsoft Office was there. He believes the market will soon be shifting towards tablets that blend the functionalities of the PC offering a lot more options. Like the Surface RT or Surface Pro of course.

    He explained:

    “Windows 8 is revolutionary in that it takes the benefits of a tablet and the benefits of a PC, and it's able to support both of those – so if you have Surface, Surface Pro, you've got that portability of a tablet but the richness of a PC in terms of the keyboard, Microsoft Office of a PC.â€

    But even if in global terms, Microsoft has a lot of catching up to do, another IDC report showcases that during the first quarter of Q1 Surface has managed to parachute itself in the tablet top five, with a 1.9% share.


Discussion in 'Apple iPad News' started by RaduTyrsina, May 8, 2013.

    1. Kaykaykay
      I don't expect to keep using any platform till I die, unless I end up living a sort life, lol. But that said, I won't switch just for the sake of switching.

      When it comes to any field, especially when your competitor has such a big head start, you cannot come to market and not offer a significant differentiator -- in features, price, convenience, etc. If people have already invested time, money, know how, etc., into another product, and that product has already established itself as a relatively reliable and convenient one, you're not getting them to switch just because you joined the market. And the more momentum a competitor already has, the harder it is for you to gain a foothold, even among people who are buying for the first time.

      In tablets, MS isn't offering enough to differentiate so far -- in price, features or convenience. And just having Bill G say something like a keyboard is a differentiator is a joke, especially when there are plenty of choices for iPad keyboards for those who want them.
    2. PeterJMelb
      Hi Kay Ka . . .
      I have had every MS OS since 95.
      Vista gave me 3 years of trouble free computing.
      So I don't think it was a disaster, even if MS does
      I currently use W8 for the heavy lifting and it is super, almost as good as an iPad!
    3. PeterJMelb
      Hi AC, you seem to cover all bases! Good one!
    4. Kaykaykay
      I'm still on Win 7 and see no need to switch for what I do. I upgrade laptops every couple of years or so normally, so I'll switch when I upgrade hardware. I use Win 8 on my husband's system sometimes, and it works fine for my uses. He's got this ginormous setup with multiple PCs and monitors, and I hop from time to time when I need more than my laptop.

      With Vista, it came on a new laptop that I got at the time and sucked from the start, so my husband stripped it out for me and installed XP, which I was using on my previous laptop.
    5. Richard Brown
      Richard Brown
      I'm still using XP on the computer. My wife's laptop has Win7

      I prefer XP!

      Who remembers the early days with Acorn &co? :)

      Sent from my iPad using iPF
    6. Kaykaykay
      XP worked fine for me, and I wouldn't have upgraded if I hadn't upgraded my laptop. My computing needs haven't changed much over the years, other than ripping stuff. For me, a computer is more of a tool. For someone like my husband, computers are a hobby.
    7. PeterJMelb
      HI Richard.
      The first "thing" I had was four bits, it used four switches to input data.
      I have no idea what it was called!
      Then there was a thing with eight bits. Fortunately it had a set of keys 0 -9 and A - F.
      No idea what it was either.
    8. PeterJMelb
      Hi Kay Kay . . .
      All due respect but in my opinion Vista kills XP.
      It has heaps more drivers.
      And most PCI sound cards work without an arm wrestle.
      And it's more stable.

      Er all my own opinion!
    9. The OB
      The OB
      Your opinion is respected Peter, but I must express surprise that you favoured Vista over XP. The latter was IMO the best Windows OS ever, until Vista came along, and then things started going south. Microsoft knew that, based on numerous criticisms, not just from an amateur life-long MS user like myself, but from professionals, consultants and commercial users.

      Microsoft very quickly recognised a problem and went scrambling to get people to keep Microsoft in its good books. It produced Windows 7 which, IMHO, was not a bad OS. But it had to keep meddling without any real plan to offer as a viable alternative to competition that was starting to come pushing down on it. So it produced Windows 8.

      Here I can't speak for other Win8 users, but to me this OS just does not cut it. I honestly think it's a dog! Those "tiles" to move around that replaced a perfectly logical Start button, with the old desk top hidden underneath all that chaos, seem daft. Of course it was a way to sell, what do they call them, oh yes, "apps". (Now where did I hear that name?).

      I liked the concept of the PC's files. I like the concept of the iOS apps.

      Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
    10. Kaykaykay
      Agree with you on XP and Win 7. The funny thing about what a dog Vista was, I remember at the time being appalled how crappily it worked and reading how even people at MS thought it sucked, lol. They tried to salvage it later, but its reputation was tainted at that point.

      The tiles in Win 8 don't bother me much, but I don't find them an improvement. I don't use it much, though, and see no incentive in upgrading at this point. Personally, I'd rather have a solid OS that just works reliably; I don't need gimmicky tiles or whatnot.

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