Bill Gates Won't Buy Apple iPad

It seems that former Microsoft boss and cofounder, Bill Gates is not impressed by Apple’s latest tech toy, the iPad tablet device, which was recently unveiled by the iPod maker and is scheduled for a March 2010 launch.

Talking to Bnet blog, Bill Gates, who recently joined the Twitterverse, commented that he was not at all impressed by Steve Job’s creation and there was nothing special about the $499 device.

Bill Gates, who is currently busy with work related to his Bill and Melinda gates foundation, observed that the fully touch screen will not be able to capture the fantasy of customers as they are looking for something more fulfilling than an over-sized iPod Touch.

Expressing his extreme dislike for the iPad, Bill Gates, talking to Bnet, said that “There's nothing on the iPad I look at and say, 'Oh, I wish Microsoft had done it’. However, he also added that “It's not like I sit there and feel the same way I did with the iPhone, where I say, 'Oh my God, Microsoft didn't aim high enough'."

Recently Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer had showcased HP-made tablet PC Slate, which was powered by Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system and according to Steve Ballmer, the device is ‘as portable as a phone, and as powerful as a PC running Windows 7.’

Our Comments

Bill Gates might not want to buy the iPad but chances are that those around him will as it was the case with the iPod. We don't believe that the iPad will be a commercial success but we could be wrong and at least Apple has had the guts to launch such a product.

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