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Bill Gates Backs Microsoft's Surface Tablet Solo Venture

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Windows 8 tablets will replace the desktop, says Bill Gates.

Former chief executive and current chairman of Microsoft Bill Gates knows exactly why the company seemingly punched its partners in the gut with the introduction of the Windows 8-powered Surface tablet. Even more, he thinks Microsoft has done the right thing by going solo, and that Windows 8 is going to kill the traditional PC. Whoa.

Bill Gates made this revelation on Charlie Rose Monday night as he talked about Microsoft's decision to make its own tablet. As previously reported, Surface will arrive in two flavors: x86-based featuring Windows 8 Pro, and ARM-based using Windows RT. It will feature a unique cover that also serves as a super-thin keyboard, and go head to head with other Windows 8 tablets manufactured by HP, Dell, Asus, Lenovo and others.

"I actually believe you can have the best of both worlds," he said. "You can have a rich eco-system of manufacturers and you can have a few signature devices that show off, wow, what's the difference between a tablet and a PC?"

To Microsoft's defense, Google is taking the same route with its Nexus 7 tablet and the other "Google Experience" tablets planned in the near future. These will be "signature" devices offering the best of what Google has to offer while manufactured by one of its top-tier manufacturers. However these devices will be competing not only with Amazon's Kindle Fire and Apple's iPad, but all the other Android tablets on the market.

As for Bill Gates' vision of the future, he openly admitted that Windows 8 tablets will replace the traditional PCs. Is he right? After all, All-In-One PCs seem to do well in the general consumer market. They're not as thin as tablets, but they're more compact than the traditional desktop and typically sport touchscreens. Maybe it will be this specific sector that tablets while annihilate first.

"You can get everything you like about a tablet, everything you like about a PC, all in one device. That should change the way people look at things," he said.

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    jcurry23 , July 3, 2012 7:06 PM
    I am sorry but I do not want to play pc games on a 10" screen with a touch screen. I want to play pc games on a desk either with a mouse and keyboard or a game pad. If this is true i will miss the desktop pc.
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    vmem , July 3, 2012 7:24 PM
    jcurry23I am sorry but I do not want to play pc games on a 10" screen with a touch screen. I want to play pc games on a desk either with a mouse and keyboard or a game pad. If this is true i will miss the desktop pc.


    I agree with you 110%. however, the average consumer seem to want gaming to move to "specialized" consoles. desktop PCs is going down the road of becoming a specialty item for geeks/designers/developers
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    giovanni86 , July 3, 2012 8:23 PM
    The end of one era the beginning of a new era, like how some of my older relatives hardly use PC's at all at there age and they talk how talking to someone you use to pick up the telephone or a send a letter. Same goes for my generation, i will live with the PC until i can get that same experience on a tablet, unfortunately tablets in my eyes are just bigger phones. Its all too casual, and though you can game on it, i give that type of gaming a 3 out of 10 because its just not that fun, uncomfortable, screen size is too small for my taste, and sound quality is too poor. Its just how i see it, i believe tablets are great for casual people who keep there life on the go and just feel the need to be on the internet 24/7 whether it be on the sofa, in your car on the way to work, at the office during lunch break, or perhaps getting some of those graph reports to your boss by showing him all the work on your new surface device im sure it will fill these peoples lives. As for myself i just don't see a need for one unless it had a actual keyboard i will stick to a laptop, and as we all know even those aren't cheap if you want game on them. Just my opinion.
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    jcurry23 , July 3, 2012 7:06 PM
    I am sorry but I do not want to play pc games on a 10" screen with a touch screen. I want to play pc games on a desk either with a mouse and keyboard or a game pad. If this is true i will miss the desktop pc.
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    kcorp2003 , July 3, 2012 7:12 PM
    yes partly true, depending on the demographic. Lets not forget a bulk of hardware sales comes from PC gaming. Unless the future of gaming is holograms and virtual reality then maybe.
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    vmem , July 3, 2012 7:24 PM
    jcurry23I am sorry but I do not want to play pc games on a 10" screen with a touch screen. I want to play pc games on a desk either with a mouse and keyboard or a game pad. If this is true i will miss the desktop pc.


    I agree with you 110%. however, the average consumer seem to want gaming to move to "specialized" consoles. desktop PCs is going down the road of becoming a specialty item for geeks/designers/developers
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    willard , July 3, 2012 7:27 PM
    jcurry23I am sorry but I do not want to play pc games on a 10" screen with a touch screen. I want to play pc games on a desk either with a mouse and keyboard or a game pad. If this is true i will miss the desktop pc.

    It's extremely unlikely there will ever be a tablet with a GPU powerful enough to satisfy an enthusiast PC gamer. However, given the plethora of console ports that don't demand much from the hardware (aside from their inefficiencies), it's entirely possible that we'll see future tablets running games that really are comparable to consoles.

    As far as the 10" screen and no mouse, that's what output ports are for.
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    kcorp2003 , July 3, 2012 7:30 PM
    jcurry23I am sorry but I do not want to play pc games on a 10" screen with a touch screen. I want to play pc games on a desk either with a mouse and keyboard or a game pad. If this is true i will miss the desktop pc.


    unless a tablet that can stream via cloud to bigger screens with outputs for mouse and keyboard on the tablet.
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    Anonymous , July 3, 2012 7:42 PM
    for gaming the only problem in the future is its screen display and video card. Well today there is already an HDMI output on tablets and in the future we are also going to find the e-pci express.

    There is no limit to progress.
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    phamhlam , July 3, 2012 7:53 PM
    willardIt's extremely unlikely there will ever be a tablet with a GPU powerful enough to satisfy an enthusiast PC gamer. However, given the plethora of console ports that don't demand much from the hardware (aside from their inefficiencies), it's entirely possible that we'll see future tablets running games that really are comparable to consoles.As far as the 10" screen and no mouse, that's what output ports are for.


    Have you heard of MSI GUS II? It can hold a pretty decent graphic card and play Battlefield at 1080 on Medium. One day, you can put your GTX 690 into one and be able to do the same thing. This is done through thunderbolt and bandwidth will increase making it easier. Some tablets are including thunderbolt ports for future use.
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    Osmin , July 3, 2012 8:01 PM
    For casual surfing on a comfy couch the 10 inch tablets are fine, but I still prefer 13 to 15 inch screens to actually enjoy consuming the content. Even though I just started using a Mac laptop recently after using only pc’s for over 25 years, I tend to grab it first because the screen is bigger and the Touch pad superior to all the previous pc based touch pads that I have used. The lighted key board that is magically attached to the screen also helps in holding the screen in place while I type. I would prefer a touch tablet to resemble a Mac Air Book with a hinge that holds the screen in place. We are probably one year away when touch screens comes to the Mac laptops as well. Microsoft partners need to be creative and make different products for the needs of different people.
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    eddieroolz , July 3, 2012 8:02 PM
    What we all have to keep in mind is that Gates' is thinking from the typical consumer's perspective. We enthusiasts don't want the traditional PC to die, but for the general consumer that has flocked to tablets and AIOs, this may very well be the future.
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    southernshark , July 3, 2012 8:08 PM
    The key words are "one day."

    Sure "one day" you will be able to pack so much CPU and GPU into a tablet that it will be able to game and will be connected wirelessly to the tv of the future. I can see that being true. It might take 20-25 years for that to come about though.

    At that point the box PC will probably stop to exist except as a high end specialty product for people who really need what today would be a super computer.
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    giovanni86 , July 3, 2012 8:23 PM
    The end of one era the beginning of a new era, like how some of my older relatives hardly use PC's at all at there age and they talk how talking to someone you use to pick up the telephone or a send a letter. Same goes for my generation, i will live with the PC until i can get that same experience on a tablet, unfortunately tablets in my eyes are just bigger phones. Its all too casual, and though you can game on it, i give that type of gaming a 3 out of 10 because its just not that fun, uncomfortable, screen size is too small for my taste, and sound quality is too poor. Its just how i see it, i believe tablets are great for casual people who keep there life on the go and just feel the need to be on the internet 24/7 whether it be on the sofa, in your car on the way to work, at the office during lunch break, or perhaps getting some of those graph reports to your boss by showing him all the work on your new surface device im sure it will fill these peoples lives. As for myself i just don't see a need for one unless it had a actual keyboard i will stick to a laptop, and as we all know even those aren't cheap if you want game on them. Just my opinion.
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    klavis , July 3, 2012 8:35 PM
    If people are interested you can actually watch the whole interview here, for free and I believe without commercials.
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    klavis , July 3, 2012 8:50 PM
    http://www.charlierose.com/

    (kalvis is linking a Bill Gates interview here. -Mod)
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    classzero , July 3, 2012 8:57 PM
    I knew it, Microsoft designed windows 8 to kill off the PC!
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    Anonymous , July 3, 2012 9:13 PM
    if you havent noticed people, that todays and tommorows tablets have the same effective speed at web browsing and basic office tasks of todays laptops. tablets are just the nest progression from low-end laptops. including a keyboard with a tablet is just the icing on the cake.

    honestly, i find no significant issue in a x86 surface tablet over a laptop. (when im on the go, all i need is the web.

    the one thing i really hope surface tablets have usb ports. chances are, being a media buff, a internal ssd isnt going to do me justice.
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    Anonymous , July 3, 2012 9:41 PM
    Classzer for the win! You couldn't be ore right man. This is why MS pulled out all of the old Windows shell components and pushed their Metro touch as the basic OS. They want everybody moving to the tablet and now we know why... they plan to sell their own tablet and thus OWN the PC hardware AND software sector.

    Somebody needs to make a really slick Linux that just crushes Windows in ability all around. Ubuntu just isn't it. It needs to be a lot slicker than that. Slicker than MacOS too. Someone please make a killer OS to kill off Microsoft once and for all!
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    icrf , July 3, 2012 9:42 PM
    All-In-One PCs typically sport touchscreens? I heard some newer models are trying to push that, but I thought it was pretty much a flop thus far.
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