The $100 Laptop project that will provide low-cost computers to people in developing countries has fans all over the world. Bill Gates definitely isn’t one of them. Gates flat out mocked the project at the Microsoft Government Leaders Forum in Washington, D.C. “The last thing you want to do for a shared use computer is have it be something without a disk … and with a tiny little screen,” Gates said. He wasn’t done there. “If you are going to go have people share the computer, get a broadband connection and have somebody there who can help support the user, geez, get a decent computer where you can actually read the text and you’re not sitting there cranking the thing while you’re trying to type,” Gates added.
Gates has previously suggested that some sort of smartphone, obviously using a Windows OS, may be a better for people than the $100 laptop. Gates’ opposition to the $100 Laptop project is especially unsurprising given that Google is a supporter of the project and Microsoft and Google are competing on several fronts these days.