Bill Gates on Windows 8: "It's an absolutely critical product (for the future of the company)"

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Steve Clayton, who writes for Microsoft's Technet blog, recently sat down with Bill Gates to briefly discuss the Windows 8 launch and what that means to the future of the company. Not surprisingly Gates likes Windows 8 and his Windows RT tablet which he recommends should be seen and touched -- even though to this day no one outside of Microsoft's circles has had access to the Surface's touch covers.

Gates who currently serves as Chairman and no longer is involved in running Microsoft on a day to day basis, thinks Windows 8 "takes Windows into the world of touch, low power devices -- really giving people the best of what you think of as a tablet type experience and the PC experience.”

When asked about Windows Phone 8, he said eventually both platforms (WP8 and Windows 8) would evolve into one, citing what the company is doing with cloud services, the new app store and Microsoft Office.

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