Bill Gates Explains Why Microsoft Had To Punch Its PC Partners In The Guts

Bill Gates

Photo: Charlie Rose

Bill Gates thinks Microsoft was right to build its own tablets and that Windows 8 is going to kill the traditional PC.Gates was a guest on Charlie Rose last night where he talked about Microsoft’s decision to make its own tablet.

Rose asked Gates if he thought Jobs was right. Should Microsoft have followed the Apple model with the hardware/software integration right off the bat?

Remember, Microsoft recently punched its partners in the gut by announcing two Microsoft built Surface tablets. These will compete with tablets produced by HP, Dell, Asus, Lenovo and the like — and Microsoft is reportedly charging its partners a bundle for the Windows 8 operating system, too.

Gates wouldn’t go back and change the past, but he is in favour of Microsoft-built tablets in the future. 

“I actually believe you can have the best of both worlds. 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?”

Not only that, but he thinks Windows 8 tablets, including the Surface, will replace the traditional PC.

“You can get everything you like about a tablet, everything you like a PC, all in one device. That should change the way people look at things.”

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