Bill Gates says he is unimpressed with all the hype over rival Steve Jobs’ iPad, saying he and Microsoft have had the idea for the tablet PC long before Jobs and Apple entered the scene. He says his original idea remains just as solid today, but that the new iPad doesn’t impress him much. “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,” Gates told BNET.
Gates added, “It’s not like I sit there and feel the same way I did with iPhone, where I say, ‘Oh my God, Microsoft didn’t aim high enough.’ It’s a nice reader, but there’s nothing on the iPad I look at and say, ‘Oh, I wish Microsoft had done it.'”