Bill Gates takes to Reddit for Q&A

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Bill Gates has become the latest high-profile figure to take to Reddit for an Ask Me Anything (AMA). During his far reaching Q&A the Microsoft founder talked about everything from his philanthropic goals to his views on Steve Jobs.

As you'd expect, Gates is still a fan of Microsoft products. During the AMA Gates reported that he likes the Microsoft Surface. He told Reddit users that the device is "very nice".

While the Surface Pro is fine and good, the cooler Microsoft product Gates has is a Perspective Pixel display.

"I am using a Perceptive Pixel display right now. [A] huge Windows 8 touch whiteboard. These will come down in price over time and be pervasive," wrote Gates.

For those that don't know Perspective Pixel is a large-scale display maker that was bought by Microsoft last year. The firm builds touchscreens that can be used for presentations and a variety of business meetings.

Gates shared a picture of his big display so Reddit users could get a sense of the high priced device, and prove he really was the man behind the question responses.

The Redmond founder also took sometime to discuss his relationship with Steve Jobs. Gates told the Reddit community that the two spent a lot of time together when Microsoft made an investment in Apple in the late 90s.

"He and I respected each other. Our biggest joint project was the Mac where Microsoft had more people on the project than Apple did as we wrote a lot of applications," continued Gates.

Speaking of Apple, Gates says he has used Apple products in the past. Unfortunately, the former chief executive at Microsoft didn't go into a lot of detail about his views on the iPhone.

"Microsoft does a lot of software for the Mac. I mostly use Windows machines but from time to time I have tried all of Apple products," wrote Gates.

Gates goes into a lot more in his AMA and the whole thing is worth a read. He spoke about his philanthropic work and even discussed his favorite book of the last decade.

For Reddit, Gates AMA makes another huge get for the group. Last year, President Obama also took time out to chat with Reddit users.

Obama's AMA was done in the run up to November's election and featured a lot of talk about internet privacy regulation.

12 Feb 2013

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