BENEVOLENT BILLIONAIRE Bill Gates has afforded five minutes of his time to someone at Microsoft. Perhaps unsurprisingly they spent it talking about Microsoft products.
Microsoft, you see, is preparing to launch Windows 8 and its Surface tablets at a time when people are jostling to get past it so they can get a glimpse at a Google tablet or a small Ipad.
So what did Bill say? Well, he was excited about Surface for one thing. Presumably he's tried the Ipad and given it a "Meh", and he's had a go on an Android tablet and considered it lacking something called Windows. Then Surface and Windows 8 came along and they wowed him by doing what others have been doing for a while.
"This is a critical product," he said. "[It] takes windows into the world of touch, [gives] a tablet like experience and a PC experience [and] a store... It's where personal computing is going." You could say that, Bill. Or you could say, "where it's gone", which would be more correct.
Gates called the Windows app store an innovation, which makes us wonder whether he's spent the last five years just watching telly, and said that Microsoft has put a lot of effort into launching one.
Bill has seen Surface. no surprises there, and thinks it is great and amazing. He said it is an "even better tablet", and added that it "has a stand" and gives you access to Microsoft Office.
Gates said he is showing his Surface table to everyone he meets, so keep an eye out for him. You might want to duck if you see him. He has the basic black model, "one of the first ones off the line", he said, and claimed it is "beautiful and incredible".
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