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.