Why Bill Gates Thinks Microsoft's Surface Will Win

In a recent CNBC interview, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) founder Bill Gates not only admitted that Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) iPad is the tablet to beat, he explained what both the iPad and Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) Android tablets lack that will allow the Microsoft Surface to win: productive capabilities. Gates described most users as frustrated with the lack of a keyboard or the ability to run real software that is a hallmark of most tablets. Not so with the Surface.

In the video below, Fool.com contributor Doug Ehrman discusses the interview, Gates' perspective, and how it fits into what is developing in the market.

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  • Report this Comment On May 08, 2013, at 9:25 PM, applefan1 wrote:

    Sorry, Bill, i actually don't use "Productivity" (word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation) software on my iPad because I use them on my desktop. I guess I could always buy Pages, Keynote, and Numbers for the iPad, or use Google's Office like apps, but I just don't. I use a desktop for that, but I find I mostly use spreadsheets. I don't type letters all that often.

  • Report this Comment On May 08, 2013, at 9:33 PM, applefan1 wrote:

    Surface? It's got a horrible GUI with Windows Pro or RT. It reminds me more of a gaming console for adults. Who the heck stares at their startup screen all day long? If I use an iPad, I am always using various apps, not just looking a startup screen. Otherwise, I put it to sleep. If I am using a laptop/desktop, I have lots of apps running at the same time, not staring at the startup screen.

    I know Microsoft's trying to be "innovative". Is that the new buzz word that gets people excited? But, some of these "innovations" aren't that good. I'm sure there might be SOMETHING about Windows 8 that's kind of cool, but the inherent design I think is dumb. It looks more like what people used to come up with called app switcher applications. I see Microsoft's Windows 8/Pro/RT GUI as an app switcher and not a very good one. Tiles are actually just a square/rectangle, flat, and single color icons.

  • Report this Comment On May 08, 2013, at 9:39 PM, applefan1 wrote:

    I guess Bill thinks that iPad selling a lot makes a competition between them and Surface? Well, Apple isn't trying to go after the Surface, because the Surface didn't exist when the iPad came out. Surface is trying to now make it a competition because Microsoft can't think in any other way.

    Bill, in order for the Surface to win, you actually have to sell them. 3 Million units sold in the first quarter isn't a good start since Microsoft has a HUGE install base of Windows users. In fact, it's a FAILURE, you guys DID fire Synofsky didn't you? Firing the guy in charge of Surface development within a month after the product was released tells us that Microsoft released a piece of crap and you THINK that this piece of crap is going to win? Maybe you should rehire Synofsky back, he was the brains behind it.

  • Report this Comment On May 09, 2013, at 12:12 AM, DEEPAKM2012 wrote:

    Bill gates should keep his demenor and appreciate technology as a whole. Selling surface is like openly trying to give some help to his ineffeicient CEO Balmer who doesnot understand T of technology and has 0 vision. That is why he is taken the Microsoft 200+ billion ship and made it a titanic ready to strike the iceberg.. Too late

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