Is it possible that Bill Gates has, from the comfort of his ridiculous house east of Seattle, contracted one of the many diseases that he and his wife have been looking to eradicate with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation? Gates, not dealing with the day-to-day operations of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), recently took the time to sit down and seemingly attack Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iPad while defending Microsoft’s Surface and Surface Pro. As a citizen of the world, I certainly appreciate the great work that Mr. Gates and his wife have done with their fortune. But I don’t understand Bill Gates slagging off products that are far superior to anything your average consumer has seen from Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) since he walked away from the company he co-founded.
I’m not suggesting that Mr. Gates is losing it but following a recent interview he gave on CNBC, I’m forced to question whether his foundation might be committing a few million bucks to fight dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
Mr. Gates recently suggested that the iPad is a flawed device and that Windows 8 is the far superior operating system for a tablet. In his comments, Gates stated (about) Windows 8, “takes the benefits of a tablet and the benefits of a PC and it’s able to support both of those.” But neither sales nor popular criticism seem to jive with this belief.
Speaking of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s past tablet dominance, he spoke of user displeasure, “A lot of those users are frustrated because they can’t type, they can’t create documents, they don’t have Office there,” he added.
When the iPad launched in 2010, he offered these words: “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.”
While I have the feeling that Mr. Gates owns an iPad and an iPhone, he continued with, “It’s not like I sit there and feel the same way I did with iPhone, where I say, ‘Oh my God, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) 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.'”
I like Mr. Gates better in Africa than in front of CNBC, I have a hard time believing I’m alone on this.