Gates prediction in 2005 on Tablet PCs

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  1. Fraaaa macrumors 65816


    Mar 22, 2010
    London, UK
    Hi guys,

    I'm doing a research on tablets for college and I came across this:

    “Within five years, I predict that it will be the most popular form of PC sold in America” - Bill Gates, 2001

    The link is a research on tablets sold in 2005(1 million worldwide) against Gates's prediction when he launch the tablet PC in 2001.

    There is also this:
    “First, he said[Steve Jobs], tablet computers were not a big enough market for Apple to spend its limited resources chasing. And even if the market grew, it would not reach a size to be of interest. The form factor was all wrong. Apple was more interested in defining markets than trying to catch other companies that were busy trying to create a market for questionable products.”

    The article has been written in 2007. ;)
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    And Steve Jobs held onto his words. He (or Apple) introduced a market defining product, not one of those hybrids the other vendors released.

    And as we can see, it seems to be some kind of success, as two million sold iPads shan't be that bad, even though it took them almost two months.
  3. WytRaven macrumors 6502

    Mar 19, 2009
    Orbiting Mercury
    Two great minds; and both correct.

    Bill correct that Tablets are the future, he always did have a razor sharp business sense. Steve correct that the form factor was all wrong, he always had an eye for style and what people want.

    I owned, tried to use, and sold one of Bill's style tablets. I now own, use, and love one of Steve's.

    If the Bill/Steve thing interests you I would highly recommend downloading and watching the joint D5 interview podcast from iTunes. It's called "Steve Jobs and Bill Gates at D5 Conference" and is free.
  4. spectre51 macrumors 6502


    Feb 25, 2008
    Great video. Is there a link to the full d10 video of SJ?
  5. RawBert macrumors 68000


    Jan 19, 2010
    North Hollywood, CA
    Great prediction. I'm glad the day has finally come. It just took the right kind of tablet (hardware and software) to brake through and be a hit. Awesome!
  6. Full of Win macrumors 68030

    Full of Win

    Nov 22, 2007
    Ask Apple
    I liked the Tablet PC OS; but the Acer 303 I had sucked.

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