Bill Gates has shared some thoughts on the iPad again, during a CNBC interview – this time claiming that lots of iPad users are frustrated at their lack of ability to do things like type or create documents.
At about the 7:45 mark of this video clip at 9to5Mac, Gates talks about how with Windows 8 Microsoft is trying to gain share in a market that’s been dominated by the ‘iPad type device’ and says:
… but a lot of those users are frustrated. They can’t type, they can’t create documents, they don’t have Office there. So we’re providing them with something with the benefits they’ve seen that have made that a big category without giving up what they expect in a PC.
Really? People used to talk a lot about Steve Jobs and a ‘reality distortion field’ – I’d say that the Delusion Bubble that Gates and Microsoft seem to live in is just as powerful. iPad users can’t type, can’t create documents – has he ever been near an iPad?
For me, this is a bit like Tim Tebow talking about how many Denver Broncos fans are frustrated with that Peyton Manning guy. Microsoft might want to show that they can make a tablet that shows any sign of appealing to users before they dish out their thoughts on the supposed frustrations of iPad users.
Gates has talked before about the iPad being an ‘only for consumption’ sort of device that can’t be used for any real work – and that’s the delusional myth that Microsoft just keep on spinning in their efforts to generate interest in their Surface line. It’s working great for them so far – the most recent tablet usage study showed the heavily hyped Surface tablets share was below 1%, below ‘dead’ tablets like the Blackberry Playbook and the Motorola Xoom.
Oh, and Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos use iPads for their playbook – somebody there must’ve figured out how to type on them.