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February 11, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Bill Gates talks Surface Pro, Windows 8, foundation work in Reddit AMA

BillGatesFotoMS.jpgBill Gates participated in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session today, in which he revealed that he got his Surface Pro a week go (“it is very nice”) and that he also uses a Perceptive Pixel huge touch-screen display.

Among the other interesting exchanges:

    • Asked if he prefers Windows 7 or Windows 8, he replied: “Higher is better.”Also, when asked what he thinks of Windows 8, he said: “It is a huge advance for Windows which people will see even more as the great applications and hardware come out.”
    • Asked about what emerging technologies could create a big stir in the same way the home computer did years ago, Gates replied: “Robots, pervasive screens, speech interaction will all change the way we look at “computers”. Once seeing, hearing, and reading (including handwriting) work very well you will interact in new ways.”
    • His answer to what he would’ve done if Microsoft hadn’t taken off: “If the microprocessor had NOT come along I am not sure what I would have done. Maybe medicine or theoretical math but it is hard to say.”
    • His reply to someone who wanted to know if he really uses Bing, like, seriously: “Seriously Bing is the better product at this point. Try the challenge. I am biased but the work to make Bing better has been amazing.”
    • On the one Microsoft program or product that was never fully developed or released that he wishes had been: WinFS (a Windows storage subsystem) — “Vista was what eventually shipped but Winfs had been dropped by then.”
    • On his relationship with Steve Jobs: “He and I respected each other. Our biggest joint project was the Mac where Microsoft had more people on the project than Apple did as we wrote a lot of applications. I saw Steve regularly over the years including spending an afternoon with him a few months before he tragically passed away.”
    • On what he thinks is the greatest achievement of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: “So far our biggest impact has been getting vaccines for things like diarrhea and pneumonia out which has saved millions of lives. Polio will be a great achievement along with key partners when that gets done.”
    • On whether his favorite band is Weezer: “Weezer…. Actually U2 is a favorite.. I keep waiting for Spinal Tap to go back on tour…”
    • On what he does for fun: “I love playing tennis. I am an avid bridge player (a card game if you have not heard of it – it was more popular in the past!). I like to tour interesting things with my kids like power plants, garbage dumps, the Large Hadron Collider, Antarctica, missile Silos (Arizona),… I read a lot and watch courses (online or the Learning Company).”
    • Then there was this exchange:
      Q: “Since becoming wealthy, what’s the cheapest thing that gives you the most pleasure?”
      Gates: “Kids. Cheap cheeseburgers. Open Course Ware courses…”
      Q: “Where are you acquiring these cheap kids from?”
      Gates: “The stork.”

 

 

(Photo of Bill Gates from Microsoft)

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