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Bill Gates Speaks About the iPad: It Ain’t No Thang

by on February 11th, 2010

I’d like to thank Bill Gates for creating the Windows operating system that I first learned to love to use. I’d also like to thank him for creating the Windows operating system that helped me develop these fine qualities: patience, perseverance, and anger management. Okay, so life with Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP wasn’t that bad (oh wait, YES it was!) at first, but at the end of the day I’m glad I don’t have to deal with drivers and viruses/spyware anymore.

Bill Gates recently gave his opinions on Apple’s iPad. Here’s what he had to say:

“You know, I’m a big believer in touch and digital reading, but I still think that some mixture of voice, the pen and a real keyboard–in other words a netbook–will be the mainstream on that,” Gates said. “So, it’s not like I sit there and feel the same way I did with iPhone where I say, ‘Oh my God, Microsoft didn’t aim high enough.’ It’s a nice reader, but there’s nothing on the iPad I look at and say, ‘Oh, I wish Microsoft had done it.’”

Hmm…that’s interesting Bill. The pens that came with tablets never caught onto the mainstream. The real keyboards in netbooks are cheap products that people buy because of their rock bottom prices. $199 for Windows-based netbook that can barely run the OS? No thanks!

Bill Gates’ Previous Responses to the iPod and Zune

Let’s take a trip down memory lane and see what else Bill had to say:

On the announcement of iTunes in 2003 (emails released from the Microsoft antitrust case):

—– Original Message —–
From: Bill Gates
Sent: Wed 4/30/2003 10:46 PM
To: Amir Majidimehr; Dave Fester
Cc: Will Poole; Christopher Payne; Yusuf Mehdi; David Cole; Hank Vigil
Subject: Apple’s Jobs again.., and time to have a great Windows download service…

Steve Jobs ability to focus in on a few things that count, get people who get user interface right and market things as revolutionary are amazing things.

This time somehow he has applied his talents in getting a better Licensing deal than anyone else has gotten for music.

This is very strange to me. The music companies own operations offer a service that is truly unfriendly to the user and has been reviewed that way consistently.

Somehow they decide to give Apple the ability to do something pretty good.

I remember discussing EMusic and us saying that model was better than subscription because you would know what you are getting.

With the subscription who can promise you that the cool new stuff you want (or old stuff) will be there?

I am not saying this strangeness means we messed up – at least if we did so did Real and Pressplay and Musicnet and basically everyone else.

Now that Jobs has done it we need to move fast to get something where the UI and Rights are as good.

I am not sure whether we should do this through one of these JVs or not. I am not sure what the problems are.

However I think we need some plan to prove that even though Jobs has us a bit flat footed again we move quick and both match and do stuff better.

I’m sure people have a lot of thoughts on this. If the plan is clear no meeting is needed. I want to make sure we are coordinated between Windows DMD, MSN and other groups.

On the iPod in 2004:

“There’s nothing that the iPod does that I say, ‘Oh, wow, I don’t think we can do that,’” he said. “There’s often, early in the new market, a few products that help get the category to critical mass. In the long run, people are going to buy what gives them the right price, performance, and capabilities. And does everybody want to have exactly the same thing? Probably not.”

Bill has been successful in making Microsoft one the wealthiest companies on Earth–well done. However, his vision for the future seems too technical for the rest of us (remember his book The Road Ahead? I got that as a birthday gift when I was younger!). I’m not sure what’s going on at Microsoft but their innovation has seem to hit a standstill (ie Hotmail, the Zune, Bing, Windows Mobile delays, Vista, Windows 7–need I say more?).

As for judging the success of the iPad, nobody knows how many will sell and if Steve Jobs has another monster product on his hands. But if you look back in history, Apple is the one company that continues to “get it right” with their design and user interface. Things just work, albeit they are sometimes too “simple” for the geeky basement-living tech guru.

From my personal experience, Apple products have made things easier and less complicated compared to my previous bouts with Windows.

What do you think? Is Bill Gates right or wrong about the iPad?

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