Bill Gates Talks Windows 8, Surface Tablet in Company Video

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(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Microsoft surely has lots of things going on, considering it will release its Windows 8 operating system on Friday. But that’s not the only thing in the mix. The company will also release its highly anticipated Surface tablet the same day. Microsoft Chairman and founder Bill Gates recently spoke about company happenings in a YouTube video. Here are some interesting takeaways from the interview:

On Windows 8:

“It takes Windows into the world of touch, low-powered devices, really giving people the best of what you think of as a tablet type experience and the PC experience and it’s a great upgrade for normal Windows usage. That idea of a store, the rich user interface…It’s a big step. It’s key to where personal computing is going and we’re going to get software developers behind this like we have with every big new version of Windows.”

“People will be pretty amazed about the energy Microsoft’s putting behind this new age product. We really saved up in terms of knowing this was such an important step of innovations whether it’s great new applications, ISV engagement or just plain marketing. This is the big time for us.”

On Windows 8’s integration with touch:

“You want to integrate touch without giving up the kind of mouse/keyboard capability that is just so natural in most settings.”

On Windows Phone 8 sharing Windows 8’s interface:

“We’re certainly sharing between Windows 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.”

On Surface:

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

View the complete video from Microsoft below: