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Say What? Bill Gates Gets Personal on Reddit

Monday, 11 Feb 2013 | 4:01 PM ET
Bill Gates on Reddit.
Source: Reddit
Bill Gates on Reddit.

Microsoft founder and former CEO Bill Gates revealed what he thinks will be the next technology to shake-up the consumer market and talked about his relationship with the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs in a Reddit question and answer format discussion on Monday.

Robots, along with pervasive screens and speech interaction "..Will all change the way we look at "computers," Gates said in response to a question about what emerging technology would stir the average consumer like the computer did years ago.

Gates also talked about his relationship with Jobs and said that his relationship with the Apple's notorious CEO was a respectful one.

"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. I saw Steve regularly over the years including spending an afternoon with him a few months before he tragically passed away..." Gates said.

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Also interesting, Gates revealed that he still codes, just not as much as he would like, and that if the microprocessor never came along, he would have probably of gone into medicine or theoretical math.

On the issue of an open Internet, Gates said that "The Internet has benefited from having lots of free stuff and lots of commercial software...Even stuff that is pretty commercial often has free versions for some audiences. Even the most open stuff often have services people choose to pay for."

The former Microsoft head also boasted about some of the company's products in some replies to Reddit users' questions.

When asked if he really used Bing for search, Gates answered: "Seriously Bing is the better product at this point. Try the challenge. I am biased but the work to make Bing better has been amazing."

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He also said that the computer he is using to answer the questions on the Reddit forum was non other than the Surface Pro, which was just released Saturday.

"I just got my Surface Pro a week ago and it is very nice," he said. "I am using a Perceptive Pixel display right now - huge Windows 8 touch whiteboard. These will come down in price over time and be pervasive..."

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