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September 27, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Bill Gates: Windows 8 “very exciting,” “a very big deal”

In an interview Thursday with The Associated Press, Microsoft co-founder and chairman Bill Gates called Windows 8 “a very exciting new product” and “a very big deal” for Microsoft.

Gates told the AP that he was using Windows 8 already and that “I’m very pleased with it.”

Windows 8, Microsoft’s radical reinvention of its flagship operating system, is set for release on Oct. 26. The new OS is designed to work on both traditional laptops and desktop PCs as well as mobile devices such as tablets.

“Hardware partners are doing great things to take advantage of the features,” Gates said in the AP interview. “It’ll be a big deal.”

Gates’ comments came during an interview with AP about the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s role in a new global campaign to eradicate polio.

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