Bill Gates Backs Microsoft's Surface Tablet Solo Venture

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
    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
    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
    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
    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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  • ahnilated
    My question is who really cares what Bill Gates thinks anymore?
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  • applegetsmelaid
    The prophet has spoken - in the name of profit.
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