Bill Gates fires back at Mac ads!

February 6, 2007 § 3 Comments

I am quoting MSNBC news article by Steven Levy:

Are you bugged by the Apple commercial where John Hodgman is the PC, and he has to undergo surgery to get Vista?
I’ve never seen it. I don’t think the over 90 percent of the [population] who use Windows PCs think of themselves as dullards, or the kind of klutzes that somebody is trying to say they are.


How about the implication that you need surgery to upgrade?
Well, certainly we’ve done a better job letting you upgrade on the hardware than our competitors have done. You can choose to buy a new machine, or you can choose to do an upgrade. And I don’t know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don’t even get it. What are they trying to say? Does honesty matter in these things, or if you’re really cool, that means you get to be a lying person whenever you feel like it? There’s not even the slightest shred of truth to it.


In many of the Vista reviews, even the positive ones, people note that some Vista features are already in the Mac operating system.
You can go through and look at who showed any of these things first, if you care about the facts. If you just want to say, “Steve Jobs invented the world, and then the rest of us came along,” that’s fine. If you’re interested, [Vista development chief] Jim Allchin will be glad to educate you feature by feature what the truth is. I mean, it’s fascinating, maybe we shouldn’t have showed so publicly the stuff we were doing, because we knew how long the new security base was going to take us to get done. Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine. So, yes, it took us longer, and they had what we were doing, user interface-wise. Let’s be realistic, who came up with [the] file, edit, view, help [menu bar]? Do you want to go back to the original Mac and think about where those interface concepts came from?


Read the complete Q and A with Bill Gates here.


Wow! I didn’t know that the File Edit … menu bar was first created by Windows. I do know that Microsoft first showed the search features back in 2002 – 2003 and it hurt them real bad. Everyone from Google to Apple copied the idea and came out with real products way before Microsoft could come out with it’s own. They surely learnt a valuable lesson from the Vista debacle. I think moving forward for Windows releases we are not going to see any cool new features until the Beta release, which kinda sucks!.

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§ 3 Responses to Bill Gates fires back at Mac ads!

  • Vaibhav says:

    I know Windows sucks.  But that’s still our Windows.  Put that way, even Appls’ ad is ten times louder, you think most of us will switch?Wear whatever they want to wear, it’s a free country.  But who will go to Apple’s stores to watch them?   except those Apple nerds (or traitors like you ).By the way, Windows is more vulnerable because Windows attracts more attention.  It’s more fun to hack something big.

  • Vaibhav says:

    Have you checked out the new Mac vs PC ad. It makes fun of Vista’s security feature. No matter what those guys do, I have to give them that much that thier ads are brilliant. Check it out here. Choose security if it’s not already selected.
    BTW did you know that then now plan an all out attack on Vista in their stores. The store employees are all going to have TShirts that have something smart to say against Vista. Also they are going to have big posters on rants against Vista. They are trying to lur newbies into buy macs against windows when they come to the apple store

  • Vaibhav says:

    What’s Apple’s user base? and what’s windows user base?  1:20? 1:50?Apple may claim themselves name brand, but I am a regular person. just like the rest of the 90% of the world.  I can’t afford the expensive name brand.  And guess what?  I also don’t care why a T-shirt costing 100 bucks is better than the t-shift costing 10 bucks.  If the 10-bucks t-shift fits my need, who needs the 100 one?A computer to me? for work, for programming, and for surfing on the net.  Can Windows do it? you bet.  So please convince me, that I need to spend twice as much money on something called Mac which is not twice better than Windows.Frankly, I am not happy with the high cost of the products from Apple, like iPod.  It is just a MP3.  What the people in Apple think of it? A spaceship?Sorry for being acidic.  I don’t like Apple’s feeling suprior over their competitors.  Proud is fine, but they kind of overdo it.  It hurts our Windows people’s feeling, hehe.

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