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Microsoft chairman Bill Gates: "the PC is the tablet"

By Emil · 27 replies
May 19, 2011
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  1. Microsoft chairman Bill Gates was recently on a program called "Hard Talk." Even though the billionaire's role at the software giant isn't as important as it once was, the interview…

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  2. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 827   +32

    Oh Bill, shut up and go back to counting your money. Microsoft is sucking in the tablet and phone industry and you know it. I love Windows and MS Office, but come on...even a long time MS fan knows when you're behind :p But hey, maybe Windows 8 will be what brings MS up in the market...time will tell.
  3. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 2,145   +1,221

    People need to start taking windows phone 7 seriously
  4. There will never be enough money to pry Bill Gate's lips off Microsoft's backside.
  5. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    Sorry bud, I think its more so the other way around.
  6. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,445   +349

  7. 63Jax

    63Jax TS Enthusiast Posts: 84

    he's right f...k the tablets
  8. I agree when you want to do real work or game you use a beasty PC. If you want to play around or don't have access to a PC you use a Tablet or Phone. I don't think that will ever change unless the Tiny devices get as powerful as PC's which I don't think will be for a long time. The Windows phone is just going to be coming out on the Verizon network...that's why they were sucking...carrier exclusivity kills...Open up to all carriers and watch them soar :) I myself am waiting to get a phone...I may just go with a windows phone if they come out with a nice powerful competing version.
  9. @Guest 1:45 PM

    You smoking something?
  10. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 984   +229

    I jumped on the WP bandwagon early on with a Samsung Focus, and I don't regret it at all. I like being an early adopter of technology that I'm excited about. However, if you're looking into one, I would definitely recommend waiting until the mango update goes live, and second gen phones are available. They're going to rock! Plus the current phones are already becoming old technology, what with all the dual core going around these days ;)
  11. BrianUMR

    BrianUMR TS Rookie Posts: 44

    What is a PC? Does it simply just mean a personal computer? If that is the case than tablets and smartphones are PCs. My phone can run programs, play games and do all types of this that a PC does. It is way more powerful than the first Desktop PC I had. The days of the Desktop PC are probably coming to an end, in terms of mass popularity.
  12. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    I would buy a WP7 device but they all use snapdragon cpus. That was an awful idea. You now have hummingbird, tegra and exynos, and you still use those awful qualcomm chips.
  13. Hi Bill. The Pc is not the tablet. The Pc wants to be the tablet. Portable open source and adaptable. Yes you are the Godfather of innovation but the old goes by the wayside and the new brings in new ideas and innovation.
  14. krayzie

    krayzie TS Rookie Posts: 62

    i dont think its quite open source... if you are talking about iPads....

    what defines a tablet? mobile? no keyboard? well couldnt that be a laptop with a touch screen?

    so far all we have seen is phone operating systems on portable devices

    in the end its all how you define "tablet"

    i think this is a pretty good definition

    "A tablet PC is a wireless, portable personal computer with a touch screen interface. The tablet form factor is typically smaller than a notebook computer but larger than a smart phone."
  15. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 755   +213

    Once a better Windows Phone 7 device is released I'll make the switch.
  16. Tablets really suck. I don't get the fuss. Tablets are crap. :s
  17. A serious disadvantage of the tablets is that their hardware is almost impossible to be updated.
    Until now more portability means more closed systems.
  18. yorro

    yorro TS Booster Posts: 251

    Not all. Not even remotely close.
  19. BrianUMR

    BrianUMR TS Rookie Posts: 44

    What do you mean not even remotely close? Seems to me the average users I see is buying a laptop. Clearly the Desktop PC won't leave the gaming scene since you can't bet it. Also the price of building a custom PC is so much better. However most people don't build there on PC.
  20. ingeborgdot

    ingeborgdot TechSpot Paladin Posts: 441

    Why would the PC ever vanish? I will never use a stupid 7" or 10" tablet to look things up or watch things or read or whatever. I will use my 26" screen on my screaming fast homemade computer to do all that. Sure, I can't take it with me but then I bring my nice 17" screaming fast laptop. I can actually see the writing on it and see whole pictures of things. It may be a little more cumbersome but it is worth it. You can have your little phones, and tablets but all they are is toys.
  21. freythman

    freythman TS Booster Posts: 113   +10

    So wait... there is no spoon?
  22. Really some of you are taking this way too seriously :)

    The PC is here to stay, it's just morphing into multiple form factors and performance profiles.
    PC doesn't just mean windows/x86, PC in strictest terms IS Android,Winmo7, Linux, OSX, Windows, Etc, Etc. So enjoy the variety that we have today, and use the best tool for the job. peace!
  23. example1013

    example1013 TS Enthusiast Posts: 265

    This is absolutely the case. PCs have become so powerful that the average user doesn't even stress a $400 desktop, making all that RAM and CPU performance not worth the price. Thus many people are switching over to netbooks, laptops, and tablets as their primary (and sometimes only) PC. Why buy a tower when you can get a handheld that will do the same job just as well? My mom already said that she's buying an iPad once her laptop dies. My parents have one desktop that we all share, I have a laptop for college (although it's a fairly powerful one), and my mom uses her laptop most of the time.

    The days of every user owning a desktop are gone, and likely many future purchasers of desktops will be enthusiasts, like most of us, who are looking for performance over portability.
  24. ingeborgdot

    ingeborgdot TechSpot Paladin Posts: 441

    I build a tower because there is no laptop or any of the others that can do my video work the way I want it done.
  25. OLD NEWS !

    MS is slow in recognizing it and am z z Z Z Z most of the time.

    Their products sucks and are obsolete by the time they come out.
    They are not leading the techno trend. They are are slow and following others instead.

    MS is stale, over the curve and complacent.

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