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Bill Gates Says Windows 8 is ''Very Exciting''

By - Source: The Associated Press | B 75 comments

Bill Gates says he's rather excited about Windows 8.

It should be an exciting time for Microsoft. It's pushing customers into a new era, setting aside the typical desktop and focusing on a touch-oriented interface. It's ruffling the feathers of paying customers, analysts and critics alike, changing the way they compute on a daily basis.

But the Windows overhaul – the first since Windows 95 – is a necessary risk if Microsoft wants to compete in a touch-based world. Windows was once a powerhouse for Microsoft when the PC platform dominated personal computing. However, smartphones and tablets, led by the iPhone and iPad, have changed the way people work.

Daddy Desktop, or rather Microsoft founder Bill Gates, is just as excited. He admitted that he's already using the modern Windows revision, and is very pleased thus far. Naturally Gates is going to say something of that nature -- anything else would simply be bad business.

"Hardware partners are doing great things to take advantage of the features," Gates told The Associated Press in an interview. "It'll be a big deal, a very exciting product."

Recently Steve Ballmer said in an interview that 2012 will be Microsoft's "epic year," comparing the release of Windows 8 to the introduction of the first PC.

"Windows 95 was certainly the biggest thing in the last 20 years until now," he said. "I think Windows 8 certainly surpasses it. It's a little hard to compare things like the founding (of the company) and the introduction of the first popular PC and the system that popularized it, but it's at that scale."

Ballmer was then asked about what he's going to do if Windows 8 doesn't catch on. He responded by saying the platform will do great, dismissing any doubts. "I'm not paid to have doubts," he mused.

 

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    killerclick , September 28, 2012 2:14 PM
    A train wreck is also "very exciting".
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    deadlockedworld , September 28, 2012 2:02 PM
    While it may be so ... since when is it news when someone associated with a company calls their own products "exciting?"
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    Nakal , September 28, 2012 2:12 PM
    I don't hate Windows 8. I think the "Metro UI" is great for touch screen applications. But I do not think it works well with a Mouse, and as a traditional desktop user, I want to be able to use my standard desktop and start menu (without 3rd party apps).
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  • 20 Hide
    deadlockedworld , September 28, 2012 2:02 PM
    While it may be so ... since when is it news when someone associated with a company calls their own products "exciting?"
  • 19 Hide
    Nakal , September 28, 2012 2:12 PM
    I don't hate Windows 8. I think the "Metro UI" is great for touch screen applications. But I do not think it works well with a Mouse, and as a traditional desktop user, I want to be able to use my standard desktop and start menu (without 3rd party apps).
  • 17 Hide
    greghome , September 28, 2012 2:12 PM
    You have a lot of shares in a company that's about to release crap or at least crappier than before product.....What do? :/ 

    Tell everyone it's good :D 
  • 32 Hide
    killerclick , September 28, 2012 2:14 PM
    A train wreck is also "very exciting".
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    CaedenV , September 28, 2012 2:24 PM
    The only good thing that would come of a win8 flop (though my bet is that it will succeed far beyond analyst's expectations) is that MS would be rid of Balmer. that would be good for MS, and good for the PC industry as a whole.
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    bllue , September 28, 2012 2:24 PM
    With the great success that W7 was (over half a million licenses), I think it's only logical to take a risk and test the market. What's important about W8 is that it's gonna encourage manufacturers to make better, more affordable touch screens for consumers. It's also going to force tablet manufacturer to stop half-assing tablets and make decent ones that can compete with the Surface and iPad. I'm sure most of the tablet manufacturers sh*t themselves when they heard of the Surface, and they probably still do because it looks better than the most of the crap they've made so far.
  • 9 Hide
    ronch79 , September 28, 2012 2:25 PM
    Honestly, I find the Metro UI kinda boring. Monotonous.
  • 14 Hide
    bucknutty , September 28, 2012 2:28 PM
    Just give us the option to run “classic theme/mode” or even “aero” with a start button and start menu. I understand the need to keep the install learn for mobile devices so make this an option that needs to be installed as separate module or slipstreamed into the install. Heck MS could even sell it for $5 bucks. I would pay a very small fee extra for that.
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    samkl , September 28, 2012 2:33 PM
    "Hybrid" products always fail. Windows 8 is a hybrid of touch and click UI, so I put my $1 on Windows 8 to fail. But failure in the way I see windows now, it may succeed in a different way.
    -SK
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    azraa , September 28, 2012 2:37 PM
    Metro really sucks, big time. But it is manageable I guess. It will take time to get used to it.
    As long as they dont force you into using fucking Bing! embedded in your system, Im good with W8.

    After all, they actually are improving the way the kernel handles threading, and if it helps the AMD modular arch, Im all for it. The PC market needs some balance.
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    gnesterenko , September 28, 2012 2:38 PM
    Considering that the regular desktop UI is a hot-key press away from the Metro-UI load screen, the fact that the auto-load into desktop UI is easily scripted, (and the fact that my computer runs 24-7 so the boot behavior matters to me not at all), I am ignoring all the complainers.

    Windows users that are not trolling every Win 8 article with predictions of doom care about 3 things in our OS.
    1) stability
    2) efficiency
    3) compatibility.
    The first two have already been demonstrated by Win 8 - I am abig fan of my OS and software getting the most out of my hardware - the only thing that really matters really. Afterall, I'm using my PC to run software - not to stare at the desktop or getting warm fuzzies about how my desktop is arranged (in fact, its empty - quick launch bar all the way, which is metro-UI lite IMO anyway).
    The one remaining concern is software compatibility, especially older software - that I've heard little about. Not too worried about it, but still going to wait and see before pulling the trigger.
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    bustapr , September 28, 2012 2:40 PM
    it might have been a very giant step for MS if touch monitors were affordable. Im very confused as to why MS is pushing this tabletish UI as a revolutionary product that people will enjoy if 99% of people dont have touch screen monitors to enjoy the full experience. this will not be bigger than 95, nor will the next os. this is certainly going to be the biggest trainwreck in MS history(keep in mind, population goes up, prices go up, more people need PCs, so they might make more money[numbers] but it will be worse recieved than vista and millenium).
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    CDdude55 , September 28, 2012 2:43 PM
    Not really news, it's like reporting Micheal Jordan thinks the launch of his new shoes are an amazing milestone. What else is he going to say?

    I think it has already been express over and over again by many people why i will not be moving over to Windows 8, hence i will not try to sound redundant.
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    gnesterenko , September 28, 2012 2:46 PM
    bucknutty - it IS available. Windows Key + D = instant switch to desktop view.

    See Shortcuts:
    http://www.winsupersite.com/article/windows8/windows-8-tip-windows-key-shortcuts-140626

    See auto-load to desktop:
    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/W8ITProPreRel/thread/ea610e86-5fcd-4e1a-ad31-8278b81acd8b/

    See it in action (around 10 minutes in):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbKCMsRKYXU

    You are welcome
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    Anonymous , September 28, 2012 2:56 PM
    As exciting as Vista and Millenium? Most likely. When will windows 9 come out?
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    black69ghost , September 28, 2012 2:57 PM
    fuck w8, pc forever,stand with me warriors,stand with be against this abomination
  • 0 Hide
    mikeangs2004 , September 28, 2012 3:00 PM
    b/c it's almost a free upgrade
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    Onus , September 28, 2012 3:00 PM
    Hmmm, going in for brain surgery can be a little exciting also...
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