Bill Gates: A lot of iPad users are 'frustrated'

Bill Gates: A lot of iPad users are 'frustrated'

Summary: Microsoft chairman Bill Gates believes that iPad users are "frustrated". His solution to this frustration is Microsoft's Surface and Surface Pro tablets, which come with a keyboard, and more importantly, the Office suite of applications.

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Microsoft chairman Bill Gates believes that a lot of iPad users are "frustrated" by the tablet, and that the Surface and Surface Pro tablets have an advantage over Apple's offerings.

Speaking to CNBC, the Microsoft co-founder and former CEO said that the line between tablets and PCs is blurring.

"With Windows 8, Microsoft is trying to gain market share in what has been dominated by the iPad-type device. But a lot of those users are frustrated. They can't type. They can't create documents," said Gates. "So we're providing them something with the benefits they've seen that has made that a big category, but without giving up what they expect in a PC."

"If you have Surface or Surface Pro, you have the portability of the tablet, but the richness of terms of the keyboard, Microsoft Office of the PC," he added.

Reading between the lines here, it's clear why iOS and Android users are still waiting for Microsoft's Office suite to come to the respective platforms — Microsoft sees this suite of apps as an ace up its sleeve in the war against Apple and Google.

Bringing Office to these platforms would both strengthen Apple and Google's footing, while simultaneously weakening its Surface strategy.

NPD predicts that by 2017, tablets will be outselling notebooks by as much as six to one, and with this sort of chatter, Microsoft clearly wants to be a bit tablet player. With a PC industry that's stagnating, Microsoft is obviously keen to redefine its position within the industry so as to keep the dollars flowing in.

Topics: Microsoft, iPad, Mobility, Microsoft Surface, Windows 8

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  • LOL

    the only reason users are frustarted is because they locked in proprietary tablets and can't run android on them.
    LlNUX Geek
    • I would much rather run windows 5 than android on my

      ativ smart pc, especially when using the keyboard dock.
      Sam Wagner
    • Android is dead and so is Windows...

      Android is Samsung and who wants Windows and its baggage, so both do not have a future.
      If Ubuntu gets it act together and deliver on time then they have a credible story.

      iPad users frustrated that is a joke, where ever I go I see iPads and iPhones and when I talk to the users they are more than happy. Apple's problems is getting them to upgrade to the latest gadgets.

      Tobe honest I have been using a Blackberry Z10 for the last 2 months and I have been impressed with it. If they can get their future strategy right then don't count them out.

      As for Bill Gates, he should remain retired.
      pjc158
      • What are you smoking?

        If you think Ubuntu is going to beat out Microsoft, you must be on some good stuff. I am not a fan of Android at all, but they are not going away either. Why dont you take a look at the market shares for Android and Microsoft, then check out Ubuntu. It is not even close. I dont know how you figure Windows has no future, but the enterprise is not anywhere close to choosing something else as it's main operating system, and neither are home users, when it comes to the pc. When was the last time you saw a company with the size and resources that Microsoft has, fail? You haven't, ever!
        rickgarrison
        • The future ...

          is not in the rear view mirror.
          D.T.Long
        • I am a programer so...

          Back in the 98 when I was receiving my programming lessons, one of our techers said the exact same thing.... : "Linux will be the future, so you my students need to know Linux and program on Linux, maybe if 4 to 5 years from now, Linux will be like 50% 50% with Windows base" .... So 15 years after my teacher said that look at LINUX, only relageted to servers, where is the rest?

          And dont come with that crap saying Android and OSX counts as linux, I am talking about the real deal...
          pepe-el-Toro
          • And your teacher was right

            Because they do have the server market and in my workplace being a Windows developer is very difficult although all the desktops are running Windows.

            So knowing Linux is a plus for your career and the way things are going, it may be a savior to your career too.

            I am still trying to find the time to learn using and programing the damn thing.
            mil7
          • And your teacher was wrong!

            Linux does not HAVE the server market. They have a piece of it. I would not even go as far as saying they have the majority, though I have not looked at the numbers recently. The absolute only reason they have as large of a piece as they do, is due to the slumping economy over the last several years, and the IT budget is always the prime suspect for making cuts. There are certain security advantages, as well as the ability to easily run legacy programs, since companies are usually unwilling to spend the money to part with them. But I would rather switch my career than to begin working with Linux servers, at least working with them exclusively.
            rickgarrison
          • @rickgarrison

            Wow, just a piece of it?
            As far as the web and mail servers are concerned, look at the netcraft.net numbers. What share does IIS have? How often would be using apache or nginx on Windows? I've seen ver very few. FreeBSD is also very reliable and popular, but still the remaining 3/4 is not a majority for you?
            Did you know that MS could not fully migrate to Windows Server from FreeBSD and Solaris for years after they purchased hotmail. So what part of the history when the economy was better are you talking about, the 60s?
            eulampius
          • @eulampius

            I dont know where you are getting the numbers on netcraft.net, but according to IDC’s May 2012 forecast, Windows is now deployed on 75 percent of all new servers shipped, while Linux is now deployed on 25 percent of all new servers shipped, and is also stuck there. The IDC still has Microsoft as the top market share for servers in the world.

            I think the figures you were looking at on netcraft were in regard to web servers, which Linux does have the majority, fluctuating around 63%, due to Apache having the overwhelming majority.
            rickgarrison
          • I make a mint programming Windows

            I have not seen a Linux dev job that pays was well as Windows dev does for consulting. iPad devs are quick-hit devs unless you do game development. Game dev would be fun, but with 70 hour work weeks, its not sustainable with a family. If you're not making $60+ hour plus full benefits (in the mid west) you're underpaid.
            A Gray
          • job

            My wife makes that as a Nurse with full benefits in Calif.
            Pax Abilify
          • Linux has one chance they blew it

            Linux was at one point in history able to offer itself as a viable alternative to MS windows, that was in the Win95/98 days, when Red Hat was the Linux leader and MS had some issues with top end computers memory management.

            Linux at that time handled computers with lots of RAM better than windows, so gave a slight performance increase.

            Except Windows Identified the problem and fixed it, and moved on, Linux stayed exactly the same.

            Linux as a fundamental flaw, that is it is not designed or made to be a commercially viable product, it's simply not made with the expectation that people would be willing to pay for something Linux has that windows does not.

            MS Windows on the other hand produce their products with the expectation they are good enough for people to buy them.

            And people like the quality and other benefits of a commercial grade product as opposed to one that is simply seen to be a hobbyist toy, and only good for simple and repetitive functions (like servers). Not actual real people who require a commercial grade of performance and functionality.

            The other problem with Linux is the operating system it is based on, Unix.

            Unix is not that good an operating system, if Linux has of based his copying off another OS such as VMS or Amiga OS it might of had a chance.
            Aussie_Troll
          • @Aussie_Troll

            "MS Windows on the other hand produce their products with the expectation they are good enough for people to buy them."
            If MS expectation were high, why the hell would you remove the decline option/button from the Windows EULA? Déjà vu? Back in the USSR it was a "democracy" where a vote could only be given to one (predefined) candidate without even a possibility to vote against him/her.
            eulampius
          • "Linux as a fundamental flaw..."

            ...and that flaw is, nobody OWNS it. Who do you hold accountable for any problems, patches, fixes, updates, upgrades? That's what an enterprise looks for when they select a vendor for absolutely anything.
            jaykayess
          • Who do you hold accountable for

            Windows problems, patches, fixes, updates, upgrades? Microsoft will refer you to the PC vendor, as they do not warrant Windows to be fit for its intended propose. That's actually in the EULA, go back and read it.
            Troll Hunter J
          • And more....

            Every time Microsoft screws up a Windows OS [think Vista and Windows 8 (so far)] all the Linux zealots think that it is now Linux's time. Expect a huge increase in Linux usage. Sales will go through the roof. Linux will over take OS X and then Windows in a year. Blah. Blah.
            In the end, in the last 10 years, Linux [all distros combined] can't pushg much past 1.2% of the OS market share [and a good chunk of the installs are servers].
            Biggest problem with Linux is that there are just too many distros. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Linux_distributions
            Gisabun
          • pepe-el-Toro

            Your IT teacher was a good one. If he were an MBA teacher, specializing in aggressive monopolies, he'd tell you otherwise. He might have told you that no matter how promising and good Linus was, abusive monopolies are extremely hard to fight.
            eulampius
          • @pepe-el-Toro...

            Did you 'techer' check your spelling by chance? Sorry just had to have a poke.

            On another note I believe the old arguments about this OS and that OS are so much hot air. It's interesting that even Linus Torvalds mentions that the OS should remain largely invisible to the user. It's primary purpose is to faciltate the running of applications that allow us the users to work on them.

            Linux is an interesting OS, in that it runs a large majority of the Internet. Without, we would likely not be having this conversations. So largely the argument has been won, as the invisible OS behind much of the Web is Linux. That's not to mention that other OS's don't have their place, but it kind of points in the general direction.

            As for Android, it is a fork of Linux. Heavily modified I admit, but Linux all the same. But why should I let a good story get in the way of the facts.

            With regard to OS X, I believe you will find that at it's core, it is based on BSD Unix, and has a heritage that stretches back to the NextStep. Ironically, this is the same system used by Tim Berners-Lee to introduce the world to HTML and the browser technologies.

            So as you can see, it's all rather interdependant. Only those with an axe to grind will try to see themselves on a tech island.
            Jackie-Smith
          • Good Post Robert

            Your last sentence is sig worthy!
            Edwin_S