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Bill Gates Responds To Apple iPad 503

superapecommando writes "Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates has called Apple's iPad a 'nice reader' but claims netbooks are the way forward. Speaking briefly to BNET's Brent Schlender, the Microsoft Chairman, who had admitted to being in awe of the iPhone on first release, saw nothing in the iPad to really excite him."
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Bill Gates Responds To Apple iPad

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  • by Liquidrage ( 640463 ) on Monday February 15, 2010 @10:27AM (#31143670)
    Not much meat to the article (*gasp* I read it).

    I think a lot of people would agree with his statement, myself included.

    I think the charitable donations for vaccines at the bottom of the article is more interesting, though that's been covered here already.
  • Re:For once... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by sammyF70 ( 1154563 ) on Monday February 15, 2010 @10:33AM (#31143750) Homepage Journal
    While I agree with Gates, I find it ironic that he is the one making the statement, considering real netbooks (at least those fulfilling the original definition of the term, low price and tech) can't be found anymore, as they weren't really capable of running Microsoft's OS's
  • by digitalderbs ( 718388 ) on Monday February 15, 2010 @10:33AM (#31143756)
    “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.’”

    source [].
  • How About Neither? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Greyfox ( 87712 ) on Monday February 15, 2010 @10:36AM (#31143790) Homepage Journal
    I don't think either of them are the way forward. I don't feel particularly compelled by the iPad but I think it's probably closer to the way forward than a netbook will be. Just because Bill Gates is one of the richest men in the world doesn't mean he craps daisies and technological innovation. Remember that this is the guy who blew off the Internet as another fad for several years.
  • by onion2k ( 203094 ) on Monday February 15, 2010 @10:41AM (#31143836) Homepage

    These days more than ever the hardware only makes one difference - what inputs are available. There are a few other minor considerations like which APIs are enabled for developers, but really the only significant factor is how you can get information into the machine. Everything else like CPU speed, RAM, storage, etc are problems that, for the ordinary user at least, are solved.

    The iPad is designed to make it easy to enter spacial information (where you're pressing on the screen) compared to a mouse or a keyboard. That's why it'll make a great reader, web browsing tool, and gaming device, but a relatively poor word processor or data entry device. A netbook on the other hand isn't really optimised for information entry at all. The keyboard isn't as good as a laptop, it's harder to operate a touchscreen on one than a tablet, and there's usually a pretty rubbish trackpad. Netbooks are a great compromise but they're not going to win in the long term when we can make laptops fold up smaller (somehow!).

    In the future there will be a place for tablet PCs while there won't be for netbooks. I'm sure Bill is right that for now MSFT's interest lies in the netbook, but looking to the longer term he's dead wrong.

  • by sammyF70 ( 1154563 ) on Monday February 15, 2010 @10:48AM (#31143922) Homepage Journal
    I tend to disagree. I'd say something Microsoft did dream up [] is actually sexier than the iPad. The obvious problem of course is that it's still just a dream and not an actual product.
  • by Xest ( 935314 ) on Monday February 15, 2010 @10:53AM (#31143970)

    I'm glad you've defined for me what I should be doing with my netbook. I will cease taking notes, writing papers and design documents on it immediately when I travel so that it can be replaced by a tablet PC in future.

    Seriously though, people use Netbooks for all sorts of things, an onscreen keyboard will almost certainly never cut it for my usage patterns. If netbooks dissapeared tommorrow, I'd just have to go back to carrying a full blown laptop around, a tablet still wouldn't cut it. I do have a 15 inch laptop too for when I'm having to write code on the move, but usually that's done at my desk where it otherwise stays docked.

    My girlfriend also really likes netbooks, because she is a retail area manager for a large fashion chain, it's small enough to fit in her fashionable handbag which is part of her role (to use the products she sells), but has a proper keyboard allowing her to type up notes whichever store she's travelling too.

    Sometimes normal laptops are just too much of a ballache to lug around with you, and really if all you need to do is use an office suite, a netbook is plenty powerful enough, particularly when you can get 10.5hr battery life out of them which is great when doing long journeys.

  • by antifoidulus ( 807088 ) on Monday February 15, 2010 @10:57AM (#31144020) Homepage Journal
    I didn't think there was a whole lot of use for the device until I took a trip from Munich to Philly in one of US Airs brand new A330s and noticed something, every single seat had a USB power outlet and all over the US USB power outlets are increasing in number. Are there any netbooks that can run off of USB power? The fact that the iPad can, has (supposedly) a really good battery life, and the fact that you can use the thing while standing up has sold me on the device.

    That being said, the first company that can come out with a netbook that can run off of USB power will have a winner.
  • by SerpentMage ( 13390 ) <ChristianHGross&yahoo,ca> on Monday February 15, 2010 @11:22AM (#31144278)

    The problem with Bill Gates is that he holds his tablet vision to death do us part.

    I have a tablet PC and have to say a stylus SUCKS! I use Windows 7 and ever since they improved the UI so that I can tap and twist my way through everywhere the pen has not left its socket.

    A long time ago when I was in engineering university and the tablet idea first came (1990) out the administrative assistant to the dean of engineering said, "now that's a dumb idea." I was shocked and asked would you not want to write? She said, "no..." She said her husband is a professor in British history. Whenever he goes to the UK he has to copy books by hand (no pictures allowed, and no running the photo copier.) And when he has to write for three days solid his hands are completely cramped. Yet if he were to type there would be no such problem. 20 years later she was right and I was wrong... And Apple knows it, but Mr Gates is still clueless as ever on this topic.

  • by Rich0 ( 548339 ) on Monday February 15, 2010 @12:37PM (#31145322) Homepage

    It just makes you wonder how they have that all wired up. It would be tempting to plug in a USB host and see what shows up on the network...

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