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Gates: New Windows 8 very exciting

2012-09-27 21:25

New York - Microsoft founder Bill Gates says the new Windows 8 operating system scheduled for release next month is "a very exciting new product" and "a very big deal" for the world's largest software maker.

Gates said in an interview on Thursday that he's already using Windows 8 "and I'm very pleased with it".

He said it has "a lot of new form factors, a lot of touch, a lot of new applications".

"Hardware partners are doing great things to take advantage of the features," Gates said. "It'll be a big deal."

Microsoft will release the major overhaul of Windows on 26 October along with a new version of Internet Explorer.

Gates responded to a question about Windows 8 during an AP interview on a new global campaign to eradicate polio.

Comments
  • hendrikvs - 2012-09-27 22:08

    Nothing can ever beat Apple! Apple rocks!

      mukosit - 2012-09-27 22:36

      Great OS. I use it for a while now and i like it's startup screen. everything is so fast if you have recomended hardwares and is also great for tablets. the problem is that start button is no longer there and you have to move your mouse to bottom right to get shutdown button. greay os though. i love it.

      mukosit - 2012-09-27 22:36

      Great OS. I use it for a while now and i like it's startup screen. everything is so fast if you have recomended hardwares and is also great for tablets. the problem is that start button is no longer there and you have to move your mouse to bottom right to get shutdown button. great os though. i love it.

      Doep100 - 2012-09-28 07:35

      Being an IT engineer I use Windows and Linux. Apple is a toy for people who want to be spoon-fed everything...

      preshen.govender.90 - 2012-09-28 08:05

      Software should be like sex best enjoyed when it is free. Open source all the way

      fredster.mania.5 - 2012-09-28 08:27

      If Apple decide to make a car, will it have Windows?

      str4f3 - 2012-09-28 10:26

      Hendrikvs... Apple is not for people who want a real tool. Its a fashion accessory. Sure Apple cant be beaten, it's too good at duping people, and creating fanatical zealots, somewhat like a religion.

      sean.goldie.9 - 2012-10-17 12:36

      Apples eventually get vrot!!!

  • zamani.myende - 2012-09-27 22:17

    oh technology at ligthning speed!

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-09-27 23:28

    Many of us consumers can't just go on updating all the time. Not only costs as a factor but plain useablility still a factor. Lovely old programs out of the heydays of Lotus or even cell phone software will not operate with later Windows. Why must the consumer always purchase new hardware (cellphones included)/software? It seems like real moneymaking at the expense of the consumer. At least ensure that the new Windows will handle our older dearlings with the same love and respect they will forever hold in our hearts. (Computers and cellphones do creep into and take hold of a substantial portion of our innermost.)

      cherry.tcmr - 2012-09-28 08:21

      My XP compatible printers/devices are not compatible with Windows 7 which I only bought a few months ago. They shouldnt update their applications so often. If car manufacturers had to change their models every year there'd be no sales.

      lydonmcg - 2012-09-28 08:46

      No one is forcing you to buy new hardware...if you want to use a PC from 2004 with Windows XP and a printer from the same era then what's stopping you? It's when you attempt to put 2012 software onto a 2004 device that you're going to encounter an issue. It's hardly a surprise that you'll thus be required to update your hardware then? Welcome to progress.

  • Billy - 2012-09-28 02:46

    its an operating system designed for touchscreen. its main user interface(desktop) is a mosaic of apps and folders, you scroll through it left or right in the form of colorful rectangles and squares. not really useful for the majority of offices. great for touchscreen devices. the amount of information displayed on the screen is limited because it tries to look nice, instead of be practical.

      Doep100 - 2012-09-28 07:39

      I find it perfect in my IT support environment. In fact, I now prefer it to Win7 that I used to use. It's just a matter of getting used to it. After login, you just tap the Windows key and you're on a desktop similar to Win7.

      lydonmcg - 2012-09-28 08:44

      I've been using it since the Developer Preview and it's just as fast as Windows 7 in an office environment. Simply tap the Windows key, start typing the name of the application you want to launch and hit enter. I never scroll through Metro interface to launch apps as it's so much quicker not having to take your hands off of the keyboard if you so desire.

  • Bawo'Mqwathi Buhlobo Speelman - 2012-09-28 06:35

    Thy should consider a creation of Windows should b beneficent for every not just for tablets or upgraded pc.

  • laura.lucy.3532 - 2012-09-28 06:38

    This is so exciting datz y i love loving technology.

  • nramohale - 2012-09-28 06:48

    frm xperiens latest windows neva perfom so wel on old pc's, i doubt dis 1 wil brng a chnge...mayb it wil on newer pc buyer

      Doep100 - 2012-09-28 07:41

      I found a definite improvement using it on this laptop which had Win7 on previously. More stable and faster than Win7 on the exact same hardware.

      richard.laros.77 - 2012-09-28 07:57

      Thank goodness for spell check on PC's because your illiterate ramblings are nonsensical.

  • Doep100 - 2012-09-28 07:34

    I LOVE Win8! Takes a while to get used to the new way of doing things, especially the absence of the Start Button. I'll never switch back to an older OS on my main computers. I do however need to run Linux and older Windows on some of my other computers.

      DJPotifar - 2012-09-28 10:34

      How about the VPN issues? Installing .Net framework 3.5 while on a domain? They will really have to change a lot of things to get it right.

  • DJPotifar - 2012-09-28 10:28

    Poppycock! It sucks! User adoption is going to be very very poor.

  • strauss.bornman - 2012-09-28 10:51

    The only people who like windows 8 is Microsoft fanboys. For a PC.. WIN 8 SUCKS!

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-09-29 01:21

    Billy is excited about all the new money he thinks he will make.

      Billy - 2012-10-01 09:38

      always excited about making money ;-)

  • sudhir.hira - 2012-10-15 19:54

    I'm a developer and I was using a PC for over 20 years and was very comfortable doing things with windows. Over a year I was forced to use an Apple when I changed jobs, and after three months of getting use to the mac, I have to say that I will never go back windows. As a developer you need a lot processing power and a stable OS. With windows, if you open more than 6 applications the OS starts to struggle. Apple is so much more stable and does not crash every now and then. Loving MAC. Never used to understand what the big hype was with APPLE, but now i understand that its just works without hassles. P.S nearly all google developers use mac laptops.

      sean.goldie.9 - 2012-10-17 12:43

      Don't blame the operating system sudhir, rather look at the specs of your machine in the first place, I run windows 7 on a quad core system and can run up to 20 different apps at the same time without any lag on the processors, if your were to try the same on a pentium 4 system then you will likely get extremely frustrated...

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