In an interview with Erik Schatzker of Bloomberg TV, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates spoke about his foundation work, modern payment services such as Bitcoin, Apple Pay, about Microsoft and its new CEO Satya Nadella and more.
Gates said that he is happy with what Satya is doing at Microsoft and he revealed that he is now working on making Office suite dramatically better.
Certainly, Microsoft should do as well or better, but of all the things Microsoft needs to do in terms of making people more productive in their work, helping them communicate in new ways. It’s a long list of opportunities Microsoft has to innovate, and taking Office and making it dramatically better would be really high on the list, that’s the kind of thing that I’m trying to make sure they move fast on. I’m very happy with what he’s doing. I see a new sense of energy. There’s a lot of opportunity there. Some things the company isn’t the leader on, and he sees he needs to change that.
He also discussed about Apple Pay that Apple will help make sure it gets to critical mass for all of the devices.
Well Apple Pay is a great example of how a cell phone that identifies its user in a pretty strong way lets you make a transaction that should be very very inexpensive. So the fact that in any application I can buy something, that’s fantastic. The fact that I don’t need a physical card anymore, I just do that transaction, and you’re going to be quite sure about who is on the other end, that is a real contribution, and all of the platforms whether it’s Apple’s or Google’s or Microsoft’s, you’ll see this payment capability get built in. That’s built on industry standard protocols, NFC, and these companies have all participated in getting these going, Apple will help make sure it gets to critical mass for all of the devices.
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