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Bill Gates 'Not Satisfied' With Microsoft's Innovations

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Software giant's history in the mobile division was "clearly a mistake".

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has emphasized that he's "not satisfied" with the software giant's innovations, especially in the smartphone market.

During an interview with "CBS This Morning," the Microsoft chairman was asked whether he was happy with Steve Ballmer's performance as the company's CEO. Although he stated that "many amazing things" have come to fruition under Ballmer's leadership over the last couple of years, Gates stressed that he's not satisfied with the firm's innovations.

"Well, he and I are two of the most self-critical people ... you can imagine," said Gates. "And here were a lot of amazing things that Steve's leadership got done with the company in the last year. Windows 8 is key to the future, the Surface computer. Bing, people are seeing as a better search product, Xbox."

"But is ... is it enough?" he added. "No, he and I are not satisfied that in terms of, you know, breakthrough things, that we're doing everything possible."

Gates pointed towards Microsoft's position in the smartphone sector as an example of the company's shortcomings. It currently accounts for 2.4 percent of the market with its Windows Phone platform.

"There's a lot of things like cell phones where we didn't get out in the lead very early. We didn't miss cell phones, but the way we went about it didn't allow us to get the leadership. So it's clearly a mistake."

Gates' comments were made during an interview pertaining to the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation, where he has donated a substantial amount of money for philanthropy since stepping down as Microsoft's CEO in 2008. During December 2012, he had a net worth of $65 billion, which is after donating more than $28 billion towards numerous charitable causes.

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    house70 , February 19, 2013 8:04 PM
    Please, Mr. Gates, just kick Ballmer out and either come back or put someone competent in charge!
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    achoo2 , February 19, 2013 8:48 PM
    It's pretty hard to be critical of a man whose well-funded mission is to bring good health and good toilets to children everywhere.
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    gilgamex , February 19, 2013 8:20 PM
    memadmaxTranslation: Win8 sucks, if it did not suck then ol' Billy bob would be saying Win8 is gonna pave the way for the future and on and on and on... AND OF COURSE THE SHEEPLE WILL TAKE THIS ARTICLE AT FACE VALUE AND SAY "IT DOESN'T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT WIN 8 IS BAD!"That's what subtle criticism is for...Anyways...Face it, Win8 is another vista.Fire Ballmer and have a bonfire with the remaining copies of win8....


    How is that some sort of revelation? If Windows 8 was really good then of course "ol' Billy bob" would say it's good because it is the truth no? Logic? Hello?

    And I love all your descriptive details on why Windows 8 is bad, man, how foolish was I to not have cited what you said about....oh I don't know...that one part where you said absolutely nothing of value about it, changed my life.
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  • 42 Hide
    house70 , February 19, 2013 8:04 PM
    Please, Mr. Gates, just kick Ballmer out and either come back or put someone competent in charge!
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    memadmax , February 19, 2013 8:10 PM
    Translation: Win8 sucks, if it did not suck then ol' Billy bob would be saying Win8 is gonna pave the way for the future and on and on and on... AND OF COURSE THE SHEEPLE WILL TAKE THIS ARTICLE AT FACE VALUE AND SAY "IT DOESN'T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT WIN 8 IS BAD!"

    That's what subtle criticism is for...

    Anyways...

    Face it, Win8 is another vista.

    Fire Ballmer and have a bonfire with the remaining copies of win8....
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    g00fysmiley , February 19, 2013 8:15 PM
    really the problem with windows mobile is whiel some companies will at least lie and say they will give you updates... with windows phone you are SoL . windows 7 phone then they release windows phone 7.x and none of the old vertions get new function, then no windows phone 8 upgrades for those who just bought windows phone 7 that came out as few months before it... the hardware will run it but they don't push it to be updates expecting you to buy a new device.... I'll stick with evetything android and in the nexus line to stay updated and keep windows 7 on my home pc's thanks :)  now pull an apple and promise updates for 3 years and start following through and i think m$ would be happy to see an increase in market share
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    halcyon , February 19, 2013 8:18 PM
    I use Win8 daily on my new 2012 XPS 15. It frustrates me regularly. Win7 doesn't want to install on that laptop and that's really a shame.
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    gilgamex , February 19, 2013 8:20 PM
    memadmaxTranslation: Win8 sucks, if it did not suck then ol' Billy bob would be saying Win8 is gonna pave the way for the future and on and on and on... AND OF COURSE THE SHEEPLE WILL TAKE THIS ARTICLE AT FACE VALUE AND SAY "IT DOESN'T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT WIN 8 IS BAD!"That's what subtle criticism is for...Anyways...Face it, Win8 is another vista.Fire Ballmer and have a bonfire with the remaining copies of win8....


    How is that some sort of revelation? If Windows 8 was really good then of course "ol' Billy bob" would say it's good because it is the truth no? Logic? Hello?

    And I love all your descriptive details on why Windows 8 is bad, man, how foolish was I to not have cited what you said about....oh I don't know...that one part where you said absolutely nothing of value about it, changed my life.
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    3ogdy , February 19, 2013 8:22 PM
    Windows Phone interface is DUMB - did you notice Android going the Microsoft way and Microsoft going back to the early 2000s?
    Android phones struggle to have an improved interface closer to that of (real) Windows on computers (real= EXCEPT Windows 8). Microsoft is going the dumb way with a RETARDED INTERFACE.
    There you go, pay the price, Steve Dumbmer.
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    Vorador2 , February 19, 2013 8:36 PM
    halcyonI use Win8 daily on my new 2012 XPS 15. It frustrates me regularly. Win7 doesn't want to install on that laptop and that's really a shame.


    It can be done. But you need to inject the drivers on the installation disk, not the easiest task. But i managed to do it with a XPS 13.
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    frank_drebin , February 19, 2013 8:38 PM
    what is the incentive for me to spend money again on Win8 if just a year ago i built a PC with Win7 ??? Teh answer is NONE.
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    achoo2 , February 19, 2013 8:48 PM
    It's pretty hard to be critical of a man whose well-funded mission is to bring good health and good toilets to children everywhere.
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    hannibal , February 19, 2013 8:48 PM
    Bill Gates does not blame Win8. Win7 is not innovative, because it has been done allready, so the mister Gates is looking for even more bizarre things than win8 is. He wants to see something new and fast. Maybe we will see win8^2 that is so advanced and stange that Bill will be happy! Nah, he is looking for something else that we allready have and win8 is not actually anything totally new, so he is definitely referring something completelly else in here.
    Wearable computer eguipment, flegsible items, new portable items/products, enchanced reality stuff, holo suits etc...

    Quote:
    From Anandtech article:
    "Mr. Gates expressed confidence, though, that it's not too late for Microsoft to claw its way to a significant mobile market share. He's a big fan of Windows 8 and Microsoft's Surface tablet."
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    southernshark , February 19, 2013 9:14 PM
    As I said in another post, which got 8 thumbs down.... what MS really needs to do is hit the market with a $300 dollar quality W8 phone to compete with the Nexus 4 (even if they have to borrow from Google's add strat to do it). A lot of people in the world don't live in suburbia USA and for us a contract is not an option. When I go to the store and see a non-contract Nexus 4 loaded with quality CPU goodness, and then see similar hardware in the W8 phone costing me 550-600 without a contract, the choice is not hard to make.

    I've been a MS fanboy most of my life, but seriously if they can't offer a product at a price point even in the ballpark of the competition then they have failed.
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    RealBeast , February 19, 2013 9:26 PM
    Two words: dehire Ballmer.
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    burmese_dude , February 19, 2013 9:28 PM
    Tiles = poops, on mobile phone or PC window.
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    burmese_dude , February 19, 2013 9:28 PM
    of course, live tiles = live poops
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    badaxe2 , February 19, 2013 9:36 PM
    "...Windows 8 is key to the future, the Surface computer. Bing, people are seeing as a better search product, Xbox."

    No, just no to all. Except maybe Surface. That might have a place as an offshoot to a traditional Windows OS. Bing is slow with worse search results and less features compared to Google. They do have interesting homepages though. Xbox should just be wiped off the map at the rate its going. It makes companies like EA and Activision look consumer-oriented.
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    blazorthon , February 19, 2013 9:37 PM
    ddpruittSo Bill Gates has no clue as to what's going on at Microsoft. It's a table, even MS refers to it as a tablet. His entire speech is BS.


    The term computer applies just fine. Table most certainly doesn't work at all there ;) 
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    blazorthon , February 19, 2013 9:40 PM
    halcyonI use Win8 daily on my new 2012 XPS 15. It frustrates me regularly. Win7 doesn't want to install on that laptop and that's really a shame.


    What exactly is so frustrating about it? If it bothers you, then you might as well do something about it. UI issues are easily solved as are many others, so if those are the only woes, then you should be able to resolve them with ease after taking a quick look into them. If there are other issues, maybe more drastic measures will be necessary, but you won't know until you try.
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    boogalooelectric , February 19, 2013 9:52 PM
    3ogdyWindows Phone interface is DUMB - did you notice Android going the Microsoft way and Microsoft going back to the early 2000s?Android phones struggle to have an improved interface closer to that of (real) Windows on computers (real= EXCEPT Windows 8). Microsoft is going the dumb way with a RETARDED INTERFACE.There you go, pay the price, Steve Dumbmer.


    I actually HAVE a Windows 8 Phone and I think its great. On the other hand I installed Windows 8 on a system for a friends kid and its just not ready. For one thing if you changed memory it would break the OS (I can change memory on win 7 with no problems) then the kid needed to use a USB wireless device to get on the internet, we tried two different brands and both caused the OS to crash. We switched to Win 7 and now the thing works great.

    But I really wish people with no knowledge of a certain product would just keep their mouth shut. The Windows 8 phone is awesome. Its much better than my android tablet and my wife's Iphone.


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    boogalooelectric , February 19, 2013 9:55 PM
    southernsharkAs I said in another post, which got 8 thumbs down.... what MS really needs to do is hit the market with a $300 dollar quality W8 phone to compete with the Nexus 4 (even if they have to borrow from Google's add strat to do it). A lot of people in the world don't live in suburbia USA and for us a contract is not an option. When I go to the store and see a non-contract Nexus 4 loaded with quality CPU goodness, and then see similar hardware in the W8 phone costing me 550-600 without a contract, the choice is not hard to make.I've been a MS fanboy most of my life, but seriously if they can't offer a product at a price point even in the ballpark of the competition then they have failed.


    They already have such a phone, its called the Nokia Lumia 920.
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