As iPad kills Microsoft Surface tablets, Bill Gates claims: ‘a lot of iPad users are frustrated’

“The iPad is one of the most popular consumer products of all time, but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect,” David Needle reports for TabTimes. “Just asked Microsoft co-founder and chairman Bill Gates.”

With Windows 8 Microsoft is trying to gain share by what has been dominated by the iPad-type device. But a lot of those users are frustrated, they can’t type, they can’t create documents, they don’t have Office there. We’re providing them with something… without giving up the benefits of the PC. – Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates

Gates also touted the software giant’s own tablet products as the best of both (PC and tablet) worlds. ‘Windows 8 really is revolutionary in that it takes the benefits of the tablet and PC and supports both of those,’ he said. ‘So if you have Surface, Surface Pro you’ve got that portability of the tablet, the richness of the keyboard and Microsoft Office from the PC.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Once a liar, always a liar.

Obviously, iPad users can type.

Obviously, iPad users can create documents.

Obviously, by its wide-ranging enterprise acceptance, iPad users don’t need Office.

This is quickly teaching the rest of the world that they don’t need Office. Microsoft, by stupidly withholding it, and Apple, by providing compelling alternatives, are kicking one of Microsoft’s two legs right out from underneath them. iPad, iPhone and iOS, along with Microsoft’s utter, laughable incompetence, is taking care of the other leg, Windows, in rapid fashion.

Bill GatesWho’s really frustrated here? Bill Gates, the passive-agressive projectionist, and Microsoft — due to the reality that iPad users actually exist (well over 100 million, in fact) and Surface users simply do not.

What’s next, is Billy the mentally ill boy going to lash out at iPod, claiming users can’t listen to music, can’t create playlists, and don’t have access to the Zune Marketplace and that they should therefore have Zunes instead? Following that outburst, will Billy claim iPhone users can’t take photos or post to MySpace and they should instead have Kins?

Freud would have a field day with this guy.

Listen, you liar, we told you idiots that, and why, the Surface would fail last year. Let’s face it, this whole buying a stairway to heaven isn’t going to work out for a thieving old liar like you. Why don’t you give us your ill-gotten billions and we’ll do far better things with it than looting poor people and helping to finance Monsanto.

Related articles:
Microsoft’s Surface sales figures are in, and they’re a total disaster – July 30, 2013
Why Microsoft’s Surface utterly failed and Apple’s iPad succeeded wildly – July 19, 2013
Microsoft earnings, sales badly miss expectations; $900 million inventory writedown on Surface tablet flop – July 18, 2013
iPad roadkill: Microsoft’s Surface flops despite relentless advertising – July 11, 2013


    1. Couldn’t agree more.

      I have been using a Mac since 1992, and have learned over a dozen apps throughout my design career, yet any time I have to use Word or PowerPoint, it is an exercise in frustration. Normally with every app you learn, the next one is a bit easier. Not so with Microsoft Office. They shun every standard, and basic tools and options are buried under layers of dialogs. Even the most basic text manipulation becomes an arcane process. I just had to use Word the other day for a small project, and was reminded of its dysfunctional workflow.

      I would rather peck away on a beat up Smith Corona than use Microsoft Word.

      1. Well, to be fair I doubt Jobs had many MS devices for use in his home. And frankly most posters here, including me, likely have none either. Just sayin’ gates has done a lot for charity, he is not all bad.

        1. Jobs didn’t have to ban MS devices for appearances sake. He just let people do what they wanted. Happened to turn out nobody wanted MS devices. A feeling that seems to be spreading.

        2. Let’s not forget that the reason he can indulge in such largesse is because he amassed his fortune through illegal anticompetitive monopoly tactics. It’s easy to be generous when your using other people’s stolen money.

    1. … Bill Gates: “a lot of those users are frustrated, they can’t type, they can’t create documents, they don’t have Office there.” And MDN said “iPad users CAN type, they CAN make documents”. Guess what – BOTH are right. I seldom use our iPad (I have MacBook Pro) – except when trying to figure out how to do what my wife wants to do and can’t. SHE is the user who is frustrated, at least until I figure it out and show her. Then “it” becomes “easy”.
      Gates is not lying, not mistaken, he’s just referring to my wife, not to a younger and/or more computer-savvy user.

      1. Your wife is an idiot.
        My 71 year old mother hates computers, loves the iPad.
        I did not have to show her a single thing, she happily and easily figured it out on her own.

    2. If you really NEED the features of Office, those that exceed the consumer-friendly features of iWork, maybe a tablet is not for you.
      Even then, Pages will read most anything created with Word.

      1. FWIW, I own three iPads w/smart covers and one Surface Pro. The kickstand *does* work better at its purpose than the smart cover. Don’t know that I’d like the extra thickness in my iPad three the kickstand would require, but it *is* functional.

        As for the funny cover colors, doesn’t the smart cover offer the same range of colors?

  1. While Keynote and Numbers on iOS are great, I am not as excited about Pages. In fact, for typing a non-page layout document, I have recently discovered that Google Drive is much better suited. It has the most common formatting buttons front and center with options to get to more. Pages on the other hand requires multiple taps to something bold. I am hoping it will be updated soon.

    1. I opened up a .docx Word doc in the beta iCloud version of Pages and the type format palette couldn’t be easier to use. I’m sure Apple is planning on revisiting the way it works on mobile devices.

    2. Use pages on the web for your more sophisticated formatting needs.

      Google Docs is a piece of (insert expletive here). Read the product support forums for google docs and you will wonder why companies are trusting it with their valuable documents.

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