Bill Gates Wants You to Bing It On. Seriously.

By: Josh Wolford - February 11, 2013

Bill Gates has just finished up his first-ever reddit AMA, answering users’ questions for just under one hour. Among the topics of discussion included Microsoft, coding, his wealth, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, vaccines, and yes, Bing.

Replying to question “Do you guys really use Bing? I mean seriously?” Gates had this to say:

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.

So there you have it, folks. Bill Gates thinks you should take the Bing challenge.

Among the other interest answers given by Gates…

Since becoming wealthy, what’s the cheapest thing that gives you the most pleasure?

Kids. Cheap cheeseburgers. Open Course Ware courses…

What one Microsoft program or product that was never fully developed or released do you wish had made it to market?

We had a rich database as the client/cloud store that was part of a Windows release that was before its time. This is an idea that will remerge since your cloud store will be rich with schema rather than just a bunch of files and the client will be a partial replica of it with rich schema understanding. (WinFS)

Can you still jump over chairs?

Less than I used to. It was part of exercise for snow skiing. I still ski but I am not as hard core…

How was your relationship with Steve jobs? I always hoped that y’all were really good friends and competitors.

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…

What emerging technology today do you think will cause another big stir for the average consumer in the same way that the home computer did years ago?

Robots, pervasive screens, speech interaction will all change the way we look at “computers”. Once seeing, hearing, and reading (including handwriting) work very well you will interact in new ways..

Head here for to read the whole Q&A session.

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  • leon hamilton

    Mr. Gates, he would think Bing is better than Google, I believe he bumped his head. Let’s consider every year around the end of December through February, all the reports of Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Connections and interactions, with hard working customers spending Billions of Dollars to repair their Computers that caught virues, spyware, malware, and froze up with trojans. How many people have found, or heard about, a Website, that you wanted to be apart of. Lets say, because your a single white female looking for Mr. Good bar, or a married man that claims his wife isn’t doing her homework anymore to his liking, and the site says their service is free, that’s right you guessed it! They were not free, so before you realize it you just set yourself to be victim of identity theft, as wells owning another useless user id and password. Not to mention you gave up your email address to add insult to injury. Think of all the spam and junk mail you get to delete. (Cool), before I forget, how about when your are asked to answer a few questions after you download a couple of drivers for your Sons’ Xbox. You can choose between a $200.00 Wal-Mart Gift Card, or a weekend for two at Motel 6. To top it off they ask you for your credit card number to prove you’re of legal age to answer a few questions. Everything that I ever ventured ended up nothing gained on the internet highway. I tried everything from surveys, to the Microsoft Lottery. The internet highway has been dead an end street for myself and scores of others, and across the globe it’s become a time management problem for our youth, according to the stats taken by our Universities and Colleges. Its seems that Mr. Gates has always thought of himself, and not those who have paid for Microsoft’s success. Bing is not better than Google. The truth shall set you free; thank God Google is for the people. Google has made computer knowledge easier to obtain, and less costly. Google is faster! Google is bigger, better, and bolder! Really Mr. Gates do you want to play the Bing is better card? You better think again, because Google has already bought and sold to dream, and like Robin Hood, they gave it back to the poor. Wonder why Google is a favorite.

    Thank you Google, Leon Hamilton

    • vortigaunt

      You’re delusional.

  • Rank Watch

    In order to take its search and Bing to a whole new level, Microsoft have to start expanding their operations globally by creating awareness programs to let people know that there is another search engine on the web other than Google that can also help one find solutions for their queries online. Since Microsoft thinks that if they conquer search in US with Bing by beating Google, they are done. Which is also highly impossible in even a decade or two looking at how even Yandex was able to surpass Bing in the number of global search queries recently which is an embarrassment. Its not that Bing can’t innovate in search or beat Google its just that they have to stop copying Google’s search results which Google has already proved them doing once in their “Bing Sting” operation in Feb, 2011. Stop copying and start innovating Bing you will be at least near or be able to beat the search giants Google even though you can’t completely outclass them.