The way people interact with computers is going to dramatically change in the next five years, Microsoft chief Bill Gates has told BBC News.
He predicted that the keyboard and mouse would gradually give way to more intuitive and natural technologies.
In particular, he said, touch, vision and speech interfaces would become increasingly important.
Ok, so far. However, then he adds a plug for the Big Monopoly’s coffee table-sized Surface computer.
During the interview Mr Gates showed off the Microsoft Surface computer, a large table like machine with a multi-touch interface.
“I’ll be brave, in five years we’ll have many tens of million of people sitting browsing their photos, browsing their music, organising their lives using this type of touch interface,” he said.
I’m certainly not good at forecasting the future but I wonder just how Gates figures there will be “tens of millions of people” buying this machine.
The overwhelming trend is toward portable devices. People want their music, photos, and other media to be available wherever they happen to be.
Not anchored to a big box in their living room.
And is anyone really surprised by the fact he has no Macs in his house? Which is OK, since I have no Windows machines in mine. :-)