Newsletters
Technology, Discovery & Innovation NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Please click for more information, or scroll down to pass the ad, or Close Ad.
Home Computing Digital Life Discovery Space More Topics...
APC Free White Paper
Optimize your network investment &
Enter to win a Samsung Galaxy Note

www.apc.com
Operating Systems
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Bill Gates: Windows 8 Key to Where Personal Computing Is Going
Bill Gates: Windows 8 Key to Where Personal Computing Is Going

By Jennifer LeClaire
October 22, 2012 2:20PM

Bookmark and Share
"People want to consume their mail, reading, video anywhere, and they want it to be awfully simple," Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said of Windows 8, Windows RT and the Surface tablet. "Touch is a great part of that. You want to incorporate touch without giving up the mouse-keyboard capability that is so natural in most settings."
 



Bill Gates handed over the Microsoft CEO title to Steve Ballmer some years ago, but that doesn't mean he's out of the picture during major product rollouts. With Microsoft touting the Windows 8 launch -- and its surrounding software and hardware products -- as one of the most important in its history, Redmond is rolling out the big guns.

"Steve Ballmer said this is an absolutely critical product. It takes Windows into the world of touch, low-power devices -- really giving people the best of what you'd think of as the tablet-type experience and the PC experience," Gates told the editor of Microsoft's own Next blog, Steve Clayton. "It's a great upgrade for normal Windows usage, but that idea of a store, the rich user interface...it's a big step.

"It's key to where personal computing is going. We're going to get software developers behind this like we have with every big new version of Windows."

A Microsoft Milestone

Windows 8, which formally launches on Friday, is Microsoft's first operating system version to tap into the power of touch and other tablet-specific features. Windows 8 also promises new enterprise features and strong application compatibility.

"People want to consume their mail, reading, video anywhere, and they want it to be awfully simple," Gates said in the interview. "Touch is a great part of that. You want to incorporate touch without giving up the mouse-keyboard capability that is so natural in most settings."

Gates explained that Microsoft is blending all the different forms of input, from speech to cameras, so consumers can use them in one single experience on one device. He also talked about the consistency of Windows 8 and the phone experience.

"We are certainly sharing between Windows 8 Phone and Windows 8, sharing the user interface, sharing some of those development tools. And over time we'll get to do more and more of that so it's evolving literally to be a single platform. For the user it makes it easy to move back and forth."

Gates said this is a milestone for all Microsoft products in terms of connecting to cloud services -- Windows 8, Windows 8 Phone and Windows Office all tap into personalization, storage and apps. He believes users will be amazed by the energy Microsoft has put behind the new suite of products.

"Surface is an unbelievably great product. It's really amazing and it embodies this idea of can you get an even better tablet but that also has what you expect in a PC...a tablet that's got a stand, a tablet that you can attach a keyboard and point to things but also gives you access to some of the classic software like Office," Gates said.

Bill's Boosting

Roger Kay, principal analyst at Endpoint Technologies Associates, said he was not surprised Microsoft was rolling out its chairman to give the operating system kudos.

"Of course, he'll be a booster. He's an interested party. He likes the multi-input, long battery life, convertible form factors, and not surprisingly Microsoft's own Surface, and he gets credit for pushing multi-input for years," Kay told us.

"Microsoft also has a free pass from Apple on such things, based on an agreement that goes back to the 1990s. Don't expect any Apple suits against Microsoft, even if it does well with these convertible tablets."
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Sonya:

Posted: 2012-10-25 @ 12:33pm PT
Since I'm 5 star, who gets 3? love to know.



APC has an established a reputation for solid products that virtually pay for themselves upon installation. Who has time to spend worrying about system downtime? APC makes it easy for you to focus on business growth instead of business downtime with reliable data center systems and IT solutions. Learn more here.


 Operating Systems
1.   Red Hat Unveils OpenShift Marketplace
2.   Patch Tuesday Offers Critical Fixes
3.   Microsoft Pulls Plug on Windows XP
4.   Against a Wall, Some Buy XP Support
5.   Windows 8 Updates Expected Soon


advertisement
Windows 8 Updates Expected Soon
Using OS feedback, security concerns.
Average Rating:
Microsoft Pulls Plug on Windows XP
Third-party workarounds abound.
Average Rating:
An Anti-Malware Solution for XP?
Firm says secret sauce protects users.
Average Rating:


advertisement
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Canadian Teen Arrested for Heartbleed Hack
One week after the OpenSSL Heartbleed vulnerability was unveiled, Canadian authorities have made the first arrest -- an Ontario teenager -- in connection to the security hole.
 
IBM Offers Security, Disaster Recovery as SoftLayer Service
New disaster recovery and security services for SoftLayer clients are being added by IBM. Big Blue said the new capabilities will speed cloud adoption by alleviating concern over business continuity.
 
How To Beat the Heartbleed Bug
Heartbleed headlines continue as IT admins scramble for answers no one has. Early reports of stolen personal data, including 900 social insurance numbers in Canada, are starting to trickle in.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Vaio Fit 11A Battery Danger Forces Recall by Sony
Using a Sony Vaio Fit 11A laptop? It's time to send it back to Sony. In fact, Sony is encouraging people to stop using the laptop after several reports of its Panasonic battery overheating.
 
Continued Drop in Global PC Shipments Slows
Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the global slump in PC demand may be easing, with a considerable slowdown from last year's drops.
 
Google Glass Finds a Home in Medical Education, Practice
Google Glass may find its first markets in verticals in which hands-free access to data is a boon. Medicine is among the most prominent of those, as seen in a number of Glass experiments under way.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Google Releases Chrome Remote Desktop App for Android
You're out on a sales call, and use your Android mobile device to grab a file you have back at the office on your desktop. That's a bit easier now with Google's Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android.
 
Amazon 3D Smartphone Pics Leaked
E-commerce giant Amazon is reportedly set to launch a smartphone after years of development. Photos of the phone, which may feature a unique 3D interface, were leaked by tech pub BGR.
 
Zebra Tech Buys Motorola Enterprise for $3.45B
Weeks after Lenovo bought Motorola Mobility’s assets from Google for $2.91 billion, Zebra Technologies is throwing down $3.45 billion for Motorola’s Enterprise business in an all-cash deal.
 

Navigation
Sci-Tech Today
Home/Top News | Computing | Digital Life | Discovery | Space | Innovation | Health | Science News
Environment
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.