Bill Gates won't be buying an iPad

Unemployed Microsoft founder Bill Gates has said he's not sold on Apple's tablet device.

Speaking to Brett Schlender at Bnet, the former richest man on Earth said: "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.

"So, it’s not like I sit there and feel the same way I did with iPhone where I say, ‘Oh my God, Microsoft 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'."

We'll wait and see. If the iPad turns out to be the white elephant every anti-Apple commentator is confidently predicting it will be, we're sure Microsoft will sit back and say 'told you so'.

If, on the other hand, the iPad breaks all sales records, and changes the face of mobile computing in the same way the iPhone undoubtedly changed the mobile phone market, we expect Microsoft to be one of the first companies (more likely the ninth or tenth given the lumbering outfit's track record for following tech trends) to hitch a ride on Apple's innovation bandwagon.