Bill Gates on the iPad: Meh


Bill Gates may have been impressed by the iPhone, but when he was asked by BNET columnist Brent Schlender for a reaction, he revealed: “It’s not like I sit there and feel the same way I did with iPhone where I say, ‘Oh my God, Microsoft didn’t aim high enough.’  It’s a nice reader, but there’s nothing on the iPad I look at and say, ‘Oh, I wish Microsoft had done it.’”

Mr. Gates has been a proponent of tablet computing ever since Microsoft revealed the Tablet PC in 2001, and he thinks that something similar to that form factor is still the future of portable computing. “You know, I’m a big believer in touch and digital reading, but I still think that some mixture of voice, the pen and a real keyboard - in other words a netbook - will be the mainstream on that,” he said.