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

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    Nicely said, Kay!
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    I honestly don't think it is awful....but I don't see any compelling reason to move to it over Win7. Some parts of it (Win8) are kinda new and useful...but on the whole, the UI fails. Note that I have Office 2013 installed on some of my PCs and it feels very Win8ish. MS is in for a pound if its in for a penny.

    This all feels so MSish...they did the same kind of thing when the woke to and found the Internet. Then they went whole hog and put the Internet in all of their products, and created about 50 zillion security problems, too.

    To be honest, IMO, MS has wasted a lot of user people-hours with its half-baked software over the years. It shows just how entrenched people can be with the tools they use. After you get over their learning curve, it's too hard to leave even though you know that there are better options elsewhere. MS counts on this....and they even try to bully users into following their lead.

    I remember back in the day when finding new PC software was fun....now, it feels as if all innovation in PC software is all but gone...largely, IMO, due to MS killing off the competition. It's one of the reasons I enjoy tablets/mobile devices...new software to try....MS didn't get to kill that...but if their Surface/Win8 were to become successful, the exact same thing would happen for tablets and mobile devices that happened for PCs.

    So yeah, I want competition...but I don't want to see a clear winner...especially not MS! We don't need "One to rule the others".
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    What do we know about Office on iOS? I'll recant my comments if the program is better than Pages. Not sure Apple's restrictions will make Office a winner; I am not sure it wont be better than Pages, either.

    Before I get all excited and stuff, I want to see it in action.

    Lots of people seem to think it is or will be a great office suite, but at this point, I just do not know.

    I feel safe in saying the iOS version will not be as feature filled ad the desktop version. Macros and custom toolbars might not be available; the ability to automate certain things is likely not available, either.
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    I don't think anything from M$ could be better than Pages, but they could at least make it available.
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    DISCLAIMER: Bob Loves Microsoft!

    My guess is if Apple had the market share MS has, you would see far more holes needing a plugging. Contrary to popular belief, there are ways to mess you up, Apple or no Apple. Apple is NOT immune to virus issues and it has--in my considered opinion--more to do with a smaller user base than some inherent "hackproof" Apple OS.

    Those that want to create issues choose MS as their favorite thing to ruin because there are so many of us depending on MS. When our laptops are damaged, it is not like most users with jobs that do not depend on computers to provide steaks for the BBQ and kibble for their dogs. Our systems die, we die.

    Apple is secure, hardly. What Apple is, is not as widely used as Windows.

    Also, my opinion is most people create their own problems because they think it will never happen to them. Then it does and it is MS's fault.

    I read a storey about a virus infecting the microcontrollers in Apple laptop batteries. I was amazed. Never saw such a thing with my (well, my long lost stolen by people I wish to fall off a 300 story building and land in front of a Sherman Tank and then face 300 years in front of a firing squad; revived and eaten by weasels and sent to the hottest place in the after life where Satan makes them listen to bad rap and eat raw chicken gizzards, wings and thighs, then returned to my Grandmother for a talking too before I beat them with my spiked shillelagh. But that is just me)

    The net is evil, but as long as you all have me, it will be A-OK!

    Mr. Bill Ellison Gates, writing as Bob Dotcom.
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    So let me ask the gathered clan . . . why so hot for MS Office? I also love Pages. The simplicity is one big reason. No distractions due to wanting to edit the icons on the toolbar or hours spend selecting the little avatar like the little doggy or clippy. Whew!
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    ???

    This is not a discussion of Apple vs MS. This is a discussion of history of MS...this stuff is fact. Apple wasn't even in the picture when all this occurred. It was all MS. These days, Windows is pretty much locked down. I rode the ride the entire way...since DOS...then through each version of Windows, till now. Apple really isn't and certainly wasn't a player until mobile devices took hold.
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    You prefer more of the same or new ideas? New ideas is my vote.

    Lest me remind you of the Newton. Should Apple have kept the same OS look and feel and brought it to us on our iPhones/iPads? Not hardly. MS is trying to compete in the Tablet world and I applaud them for doing what they are doing. They (seem to) want their phones to look like their tablets and their tablets to look like our desktops.

    And yes, I "hate" the flat tile look, but get use to it because that is exactly what Apple will (likely) give us with the next iOS version: Egad awful flat tiles. And the colors are horrible; they remind me of early DOS programs for some reason.

    You can easily use WinStep Extreme and create your own look or use themes that make your PC scream "I AM COOL!"

    and . . .

    Those that see it will agree.

    MS must try new ideas and not everything they will try will be loved. They will be compared to iOS and iOS will likely be compared to something bad when the new look drops. Nobody will be satisfied with every system and that is to be expected. MS will learn from their mistakes and adapt.

    For the record, I want Windows "Bob" back. Golly sakes. Or Windows 3.1 with .ini files I can fathom.
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    I think they really do. However, microsoft is currently rowing back, admitting that they did a mistake in forcing people into using win8 without offering a start button for example. Microsoft is moving aggressively and forces Apple to react.
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    Always suck? Too soon to say. Study Tech 101 and look at the non-sucking stuff that died and the little engines that could and did.

    Wayyyyy too soon to write MS off.

    Who needs a standard UI? I run WinStep and my UI is as different as it can be. You do not know what the new Office will look like or what will be required. For all we know, it will be partially cloud based and no more filled with features than Pages and the rest.

    And yes, MS is a hardware company. Apple does not manufacturer devices they use a contract manufaxcturer . . . the same one we sometimes used.

    Fact is, Surface RT is a great device and it is well engineered. It grants those that want Office on a well engineered tablet their wish.

    Too soon to tell and trying to guess what is next is wasted time. And when MS learns about tablets, their Surface devices will improve.
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    Sales figures will ultimately tell what we the people really want. I will say, for as much as I think I like Surface, the giant is still Apple. We just do not know what Apple will do next and yes, Surface might fail in the marketplace.
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    Most users prefer a standard UI, or at least a UI that they have come to be familiar with. That's the problem with windows 8. It was like huh? Hardware is ultimately only as good as the software that runs on it. Specs are important and all that but if the OS is lame then no amount of hardware slickness will ever help overcome that. I do agree that writing off MS is a little premature. They'll figure it out and end up with a piece of the tablet pie. I just dunno if this is a case of too little, too late. Even windows heavy users like me end up with apple tablets because they are so tight and well sorted. The apps help too. I've had an office solution for over a year now and it works great for me. Should be interesting either way. And competition is always good.
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    Microsoft have massive market dominance in business. I love Bill Gates. But iPad market is growing more and more day by day. Bill Gates apparently is oblivious to the latest sales figures that Apple recently revealed.
    The iPad's operating system (iOS) is too limited to let customers make full use of the hardware.
    I think It is faster than the windows tablets.


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    People can adapt. I went from DOS to Geoworks; a shell of sorts. Not sure of the name. I recall it was on a Prodegy disk. Then I tried a few different shells along the way. I can still work from the DOS prompt if I had to. Actually, i use BASH for many things on my Linux box.

    Then windows in various forms arrived. Win 3.1/Workgroups was different. Then came Windows 95. Odd that people waited in line for that OS.

    anyway . . .

    Now, my work laptop runs a version of Linux which is really a different animal. I adapted, just like many other converts.

    I do like Surface and i think I might go with that. Not sure, but it is a thought to be sure.
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    But there are ways around many of the limits. I no longer see iOS as a problem. just another thing to JB.

    I love--more than the iPad--the idea of a tablet. I must earn a dollar here and there and right now, a tablet is my choice.
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    I don't think Bill Gates is "oblivious". Otherwise he would not go on media and make the comments reported here. What Microsoft does with its business is important to the health of my portfolio. My interest in Apple is that it continues to provide products that I can use easily and in-expensively. I am disappointed that Microsoft has not provided a tablet that I can afford. I am further disappointed that if I were to buy a Surface tablet to run full blown versions of Word and Excel and other programs to do my work, I would have to hire someone to get that device functioning to the same level as my iPads--which is pretty good but still not comparable to what I can accomplish on a laptop!
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    I am open minded about any thing that concerns computers.... Maybe that is because my first spread sheet was VisiCalc on an Apple II. that was the main reason I wanted the Apple computer. Buying my first Apple set me on an amazing path that included some 25 years providing Mac solutions for specialised markets including Graphics, Cad and publishing. Much has changed over the years on all platforms.. I can even remember when Microsoft Office for Mac came on 26 floppies. Yes 26. Real pain to install however imagine if you will after installing 22 floppies it came up with an error..... Oh well.
    Now after many years selling and using Macs I have had the pleasure of selling Windows computers in a main stream Computer store here in Australia similar to Best buy if you get my drift. We deliver to customers consumer laptops and desktops not to mention an array of tablets including Apple ipads, and Samsung tabs
    What amazes me since Windows 8 splashed on the market not I may say a big splash more like a ripple, I have to now some how in my course of recommending a solution for my customers have to spend wasted time fending off questions and criticism about Windows 8. This is more of an issue with as one would say windows XP and Vista users as they just hate it...yes win 8 works great on Touch screens but navigating in non touch screens is a real pain for many users.

    What I find amusing is when I sell Mac systems ( my second job is Mac consulting). and some one asks about OSX all I have to say is " it just works" and you know what I hardly ever get support calls regarding the OS !!! however not a day goes by at the retail store when we get users coming in asking for help or in several cases trying to return their brand new Windows 8 laptops because they hate Win 8. Personally I cannot wait for Microsoft to do a fix maybe then I can do what I do best sell the solution not spend valuable time apologising for a real bad OS. What is also real funny in some ways Windows 8 has helped Apple sell more Macs and iPads Oh well times have changed......

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    Apple screwed up one app (Maps). It took MS to screw up the entire OS. It doesn't matter how technically brilliant the OS actually is. If users don't like it, all was for nought. MS fixed something that wasn't broken.

    I fail to see how anyone can argue that 8 is a good OS. The very nature of a GUI-based OS is that it must be intuitive. The few times I have to deal with it leaves me wondering what I'm doing. I'm reasonably savvy on computers, particularly Windows, and when I see 8 I just want to turn and run. I pity anyone who is trying to learn how to use a computer from the ground up with Win8 as the OS.

    I await with interest the day when my company does the switch. Our IT manager likes Apple well enough for his own use, but doesn't see it as viable for the company, so eventually everyone will be using 8. Interesting days ahead.
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    Or . . .

    you are asked to insert disk 21 and it is missing. Disks 22 and 20 are there, so where did I put disk 21?

    I remember those days as well. Everything seemed to arrive on several dozen floppies. I still miss the days when buying software required the strength of ten small boys to carry the box home. All of those manuals and programming references.
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    Bill Gates is a company man who will never let Microsoft go. I think you can call BG many things, but perhaps oblivious is not one of them. My guess is he still thinkls MS is a great company and he will defend it untill the bitter end. As he should. I think he well knows the market and his companies sales figures.

    Like I said, the sales figures will tell the tale. Surface is just getting its feet wet and we do not know what MS will come up with.

    That said, Apple should scare people in the business because Apple has a way of turning everything upside down.

    That said, Cook is leading the charge and he is no Steve Jobs, so perhaps Apple will slide somewhat and MS becomes the top dog.

    That said, I think the ultimate winner will be RIM. :eek:

    Or as history shows us, there are those two guys in a garage that develop something that Apple pines for and did not think of; that MS thinks is a game changer; something that becomes the new Apple.

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