Microsoft founder Bill Gates has touted Windows 8 tablets as the future of computing.
During a recent interview on CNBC, Gates hyped Microsoft's tablets as filling the middle ground between PCs and tablets. Gates says that tablets such as the Surface Pro are blurring the line between the tablet and PC markets.
According to the former chief executive at Redmond, Windows 8 tablets give users the portability of a tablet with the features of a PC. Gates touts Windows tablets as being able to handle productivity tasks in ways that devices like the iPad can not.
"Windows 8 is really revolutionary because it takes the benefits of the tablet and the benefits of the PC and it's able to support both of those," continued Gates.
"If you have a Surface, or Surface Pro, you have the portability of the tablet – but with the richness of a keyboard and Microsoft Office like on a PC."
He told reporters that Windows 8 tablet's ability to consolidate PCs and tablets could give it a fighter's chance in a market that is heavily populated with devices such as iPads.
"It's going to be harder and harder to distinguish products, whether they are tablet or PCs. With Windows 8, Microsoft is trying to gain a share in what has been dominated by the iPad-like device," said Gates.
Sine launching late last year, Windows 8 tablets have failed to gain much traction in the market. According to a recent Gartner study, Windows 8 tablets have failed to disrupt the marketshare of tablet makers such as Apple and Android.
The study projected that about 384 million Windows 8 mobile devices will be sold in 2013. That is in comparison to the 860 million Android devices expected to be sold this year.
During his far reaching interview, Gates also discussed the growing piracy issues in India and China. He said the use of pirated software in Chinese government agencies and businesses has led Microsoft to not capitalise on sales in the country.
"China has been a disaster in terms of how much of your product gets used compared to how much you get paid," said Gates.
"It's ten to one versus the United States and even four to one in places like India. So it is a uniquely large piracy market."
Microsoft has continued to cry foul over the use of pirated software in China. Last year, the firm issued a formal complaint against four state-owned companies that used pirated software.
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