Though his legacy might not be remembered the same as Steve Jobs' will, Bill Gates was quite the visionary. His pushes into cloud computing, tablets, and even connected home entertainment (think smart TVs) were all ahead of their time.

However, the problem with Bill Gates and his vision was always the matter of execution. In technology, it's not as simple as being the winner if you have an idea first. Success requires the right product design and timing.

In the following video, Fool senior technology analyst Eric Bleeker looks at how television appears to be the final Steve Jobs-versus-Bill Gates battle to shape up, and he discusses the advantages both Microsoft and Apple have in this emerging trend for 2013.


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The article Bill Gates, Apple, Tablets, and the Future of TV originally appeared on Fool.com.

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Christina Halasz

"However, the problem with Bill Gates and his vision was always the matter of execution. In technology, it's not as simple as being the winner if you have an idea first. Success requires the right product design and timing."

I disagree. I think once you go halfway there, you keep going so you don't look like a mentally deficient psycho. For example, a toilet analogy in the spirit of all the charitable activities in India…

January 02 2013 at 12:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply