Vista promotion, Gates interview and more

By on February 4, 2007, 5:10 AM
For the past couple of weeks Bill Gates has been under the spotlight, or at least more so than usual, thanks to Windows Vista launch. On a recent interview with Newsweek, he was asked about Apple's <cough>ironically stupid</cough> ads, this is what he had to say:

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.
If you think Mr. Gates was being polite on his response, just wait for the next one when OS security was brought up to question:

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 youíre interested, [Vista development chief] Jim Allchin will be glad to educate you feature by feature what the truth is. I mean, itís 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.
To close on the whole Microsoft and Windows Vista topic, you may have noticed some new ads airing. Here's a Lost (the TV series) ad featuring Vista, and then a "Wow" ad. For some reason Microsoft's marketing team decided to use Flip3d to promote the OS, which I wouldn't consider one of the true Vista gems, while it pales on the usability side, it's kind of eye candy and easy to showcase I guess.




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Phantasm66 said:
Vista is a great OS - but so is the latest version of Mac OS X too. One will suit one person, the other for another. Resorting to childish and witless prattle just to try to get people to switch is sad. Particularly the surgery ad, which is just plain immature:"I'm a PC... I need to go for surgery to upgrade to Vista. Man, I'm scared...!""I'm a Mac, and I'm a skinny poser in a black shirt who thinks he's cool and hot but isn't. I still live with my Mum and wet the bed."Yeah, and I'm a copy of Linux and I'm hard as F**K. Come ahead the pair of you.[Edited by Phantasm66 on 2007-02-04 08:57:24]
canadian said:
I am currently running Vista, and I have been for the last 6 months. I find it much nicer than XP, just in the features. But, the only reason I am still running a PC is MAC's cannot play games. Until they can, I will be a PC user.
sTharsdan said:
Apple ads only make their user base feel better about themselves and their inferior OS.
black_death said:
[b]Originally posted by sTharsdan:[/b][quote]Apple ads only make their user base feel better about themselves and their inferior OS.[/quote]Now that's a quote!It's good that Bill Gates finally lost his temper, Apple's been constantly been making stupid baseless or exagerated claims and bashing M$ and they've just ignored them.
nathanskywalker said:
[quote]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.[/quote] Most windows users are "dullards". Same for Mac users. Not speaking of the more tech savvy, but honestly, the majority of computer users are ignorant, but this includes both pc and Mac users. ;) that's my opinion.
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