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. AQ_OC
      I don't disagree with anything you've said....but let's not for get that lots and lots of folks have Windows stuff already...the easy to moving your work to a windows tablet could be compelling for many....the only thing stuff, $1200, and that lousy interface. :)

      If it weren't for the fact that I own a very nice Windows convertible that runs Win7, I'd get a MS tablet (or one of the others) in a minute. It would not replace my iPad, however. But I have a well-defined use for a Windows laptop, which to me, is what a Surface my mind it is just not an iPad killer. No way....but then again, it doesn't need to be to live in my world. I think if of it as the next step when I upgrade my laptop.

      I thought that whole keyboard thing was a big joke...but it seemed to make a different to some people...but the notion of paying extra for's like they wanted to force the idea of it being a tablet right down your throat....while the truth is to do anything useful with a Surface, the keyboard is a requirement (IMO).
    2. AQ_OC
      You were lucky. I had a dell convertible that came with was one headache after another UNTIL I installed Win7 on it. Then it became usable. Fortunately, I kept Vista off all of my desktops.
    3. PeterJMelb
      Hi K K and all.
      Like I said, I had no problems at all with Vista.
      As well what I tried to say was that after many installs of both XP and Vista for many people, Vista gave the less problems with the after market apps or as MS called them Programs.
      Still I accept your opinion from your point of view. It is shared by many.
    4. AQ_OC
      Really? XP was fine..but Win7 is more stable. XP could be made to crash....much much harder to do that on Win7. And frankly, except for that Modern UI junk, Win8 is even better than 7.

      IMO, Win7 was the first true, stable OS from MS. XP was the first usable one. :)
    5. AQ_OC
      Believe it or not, most of what Vista was is in Win7. So Peter is correct to some extent...but the drivers kept Vista from being a good OS...once Win7 came out, you could install it on basically everything...even older PCs (I have it on some really old junky people hate on Win8....but that is mainly because of the silly UI...but it can be replace with a three or four third party solutions....Win8 has several things that are just better than Win7. It's too bad MS didn't have more foresight. My question is, what do those bigwigs at MS get paid for? They should have seen this coming....and provided an alternative interface. IYAM, they should all be fired immediately. They get paid too much to allow blunders like this to occur. Do they just hang out in Redmond with their collective heads in holes in the ground? :)
    6. Kaykaykay
      I can see the appeal of moving Windows for people who really want a tablet for work, for instance. But for many people, myself among them, a tablet is for a different function than a laptop or PC, at least at this point. My tablets are my entertainment gadgets for the most part. When I work, I need my PCs at the office, or my laptop in a pinch. And some people don't even need a laptop or PC, and I doubt many of those people have much to migrate if that's the case -- from Windows or otherwise.

      People like you and me, who own multiple tablets, are the exception. Most people will own one at a time, and will tend to stick with what's familiar and what already works reliably and conveniently, IMO, unless something significantly better comes along.

      I'm still open to getting a Surface or another Windows tab down the line, but I've not been tempted enough yet. For me, it was like with Android -- I didn't buy until they got it stable enough and functional enough for my needs. And even then, they had to offer me something that I wasn't already getting from my iDevices. In the case of my phone, it was a bigger screen. In the case of my Android tabs, it was a mix of functionality, form factor and price.
    7. PeterJMelb
      Hello AQ.
      My personal view is that MS OSs are designed by geeks who think their designs are great.
      Then the release previews are tested by more geeks, who think the geek designers are great.

      Hmmm I did not say that Vista drivers were the ant's pants, I said that the Vista drivers were heaps better and heaps more than in XP.
      Alas I did not say that Vista was better than W7.
      I was simply sticking up for Vista in general
      However I concede XP lives whilst Vista dies!

      Good to chat!
    8. AQ_OC
      MS must use the wrong geeks! :)
      They need a geek like me to get the on the path to glory! :)
    9. PeterJMelb
      Amen to that AC!
      If you turn up in the gorilla suit, you will get instant respect!
    10. PeterJMelb
      Sorry I meant AQ!

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