Bill Gates, Apple, Tablets, and the Future of TV

Though his legacy might not be remembered the same as Steve Jobs' will, Bill Gates was quite the visionary. His pushes into cloud computing, tablets, and even connected home entertainment (think smart TVs) were all ahead of their time.

However, the problem with Bill Gates and his vision was always the matter of execution. In technology, it's not as simple as being the winner if you have an idea first. Success requires the right product design and timing.

In the following video, Fool senior technology analyst Eric Bleeker looks at how television appears to be the final Steve Jobs-versus-Bill Gates battle to shape up, and he discusses the advantages both Microsoft and Apple have in this emerging trend for 2013.

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  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2013, at 9:03 PM, techy46 wrote:

    "However, the problem with Bill Gates and his vision was always the matter of execution. In technology, it's not as simple as being the winner if you have an idea first. Success requires the right product design and timing."

    What an ignorant statement and viewpoint. Microsoft owns the enterprsie ecosystem because they have executed on real technology instaed of consumer monkey toys.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2013, at 10:04 PM, H3D wrote:

    @techy 46

    What an ignorant comment

    Windows server is a monkey toy. Just a very expensive one.

    When MacOS moved to Unix it left Windows in the dust.

    Enterprise just takes a while to catch on.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2013, at 12:15 AM, applefan1 wrote:

    Microsoft couldn't do it without IBM calling them up to do DOS. Plain and simple. If Digital Research did the deal with IBM instead of Microsoft, then Digital Research would have been what Microsoft became.

    Without IBM's influx in the Enterprise running DOS based computers, Microsoft was just another CP/M license holder.

    The problem with Apple was that Jobs and Wozniak didn't have the knowledge and understanding of the Enterprise Customer. They were just simply making their Apple II products to serve mostly home users and K-12 customers. That's what Job's downfall was. If Jobs had a better understanding of the corporate world. He should have made the first Macs Unix based, made the hardware to go after two different customers (corporate and home) by the configurations, and really enlisted the developer community to write software for their platform that was business related. How I see it, they needed to use Intel processors (because Intel had the Enterprise brainwashed early on), they also had to figure out how to play in the corporate world by really going after the corporate desktop and server market.

    Unfortunately, some people think that the Open Architecture that Microsoft has is better, but in fact, it's turning out that it creates a low margin, overly saturated market place since it's too easy to enter and just sell clones based on cost.

    Apple has demonstrated that they can continually improve product design, but they still need to further improve their designs to go after the corporate market.

    I think it's a shame Apple didn't buy Sun Microsystems. I think bridging the gap between Sun Solaris and OS X would have been interesting.

    Unfortunately, Linux is gaining ground in the server market. And that OS isn't even real Unix.

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