Well, that makes one of us.
It seems Bill Gates isn't too impressed by the concept of Apple's forthcoming iPad tablet. But instead of pointing out some possible reasons why Mr. Gates would be apathetic about the iPad (insert cough that sounds like "jealous" here), let's focus on what the Microsoft founder actually said:
You know, I’m a big believer in touch and digital reading, but I still think that some mixture of voice, the pen and a real keyboard - in other words a netbook - will be the mainstream on that.
Awe, he shouldn't have.
Mr. Gates, however, made it clear that there's nothing about the iPad that makes him wish that Microsoft had developed a similar device first. Instead, Gates stressed his view that inexpensive netbooks will remain the prominent trend in computing. And while the iPad could possibly lead to the creation of “new forms of content,” Bill Gates made it known to the world that he isn't immediately jumping on the iPad bandwagon hailing the tablet as the proverbial "game changer."
While it's easy to joke and point to suspicions of jealousy, many believe Bill Gates is being honest in his assessment and genuinely lacks a great deal of zeal in regard to Apple's newest product. In the past, Gates has been willing to give credit where credit is due. In some cases, Gates has practically gushed over the iPhone. But the iPad is at least provoking a wait and see attitude from Mr. Microsoft himself.
But chances are, Steve Jobs isn't going to lose too much sleep over Bill Gates' comments. Are you?