With the launch of Windows Vista, Bill Gates is giving it
the proverbial ‘one hundred and ten percent’ in explaining to everyone in the
world why they should care about the new operating system.
In response to analyst speculation that Windows Vista could
be the last Microsoft operating system of its kind, as we know it, Gates replies to Newsweek, “Well, people have said
that at every major Windows release. Java was going to eliminate Windows
programming, or thin clients were going to eliminate people buying PCs.”
The Microsoft chairman says that operating systems keep
getting better and richer and that there are no shortages of radical things
that will be happening in the next release. When asked if Microsoft will be
back with a new OS in 2010-2011, Gates was confident enough to say,
Gates said that the next version of Windows “will be more
user-centric,” meaning that users should be able to move from PC to PC, whether
or not it is their own, and still be able to access much of their own
information by using Live Services, regardless of where they are. “So even if
you drop by a [public] kiosk or somebody else's PC, we can bring down your home
page, your files, your fonts, your favorites and those things.”
“In Vista things got a lot better with [digital] ink and
speech but by the next release there will be a much bigger bet,” Gates
predicted. “Students won't need textbooks, they can just use these tablet
“Parallel computing is pretty important for the next
release. We'll make it so that a lot of the high-level graphics will be just built
into the operating system. So we've got a pretty good outline,” he said.
Coming back to the present, one of the big advantages that
Windows Vista provides is a platform for users to jump to for getting instantly
caught up on a lot of new technology and security features. Although some of
the improvements in Vista can already be found in downloadable updates for
Windows XP, the majority of users do not take advantage of added features
through Windows Update.
Take, for example, Internet Explorer 7, which is offered to
all Windows XP users as an optional update. According to Gates, less than a
third of Windows XP users downloaded the new browser, and even less take
advantage of less advertised new additions. So how many people have upgraded to
IE7? “I would say it's less than 30 percent,” Gates replied. “We’ve had this
incredible desktop search [available for download] that won every review, and
I’ll bet that less than 10 percent of Windows users went and got that. Now with
Windows Vista, you get something better. For most users, it’s the first time
they’ve seen it at all.”
With Windows Vista, Microsoft expects that the “wow starts
now,” as stated by one of its advertising slogans. But in early January, one of
the new Apple TV ads pushing the apparent social-cool factor of a Mac depicted
poor “PC” as having to undergo surgery just to upgrade to Windows Vista (see the commercial here).
While Bill Gates admits that he hasn’t seen that particular ad, he’s taking
exception to the depiction of the PC. “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,” he said.
“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?” Gates continues to express
his disgust with the Apple ads: “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.”
quote: Do you guys even know the meaning of the word proprietary? Doesn't seem like it. Mac's are far more tolerant of true open standards; just not the M$ proprietary standards that M$ has forced on you. You think Explorer, Exchange, Active X, etc. are closer to open standards than the BSD underpinings of Mac OS X? You think WMV is more open than MP4? WMA is more open than ACC? man, visit a newsgroup once in a while, dorks.
quote: Our workforce is about 10% Mac, so there are thousands of Macs on our network. Our IT department doesn't even have to support them. Yet every single PC user that I know at my job has had to have his PC re-imaged, or repaired by IT for software corruption, installation breakdowns, and of course, occasional Malware within the last 3 years. This is all since XP was supposed to fix the problems with 2000, and 95 before that.
quote: PC's are the prevailing platform for business because they are not just cheaper, but cheap period. It doesn't necessarily make you dumb to buy the cheapest crap on the market, but it doesn't make you a genius, either.
quote: (I use the 2001 iMac G3 PPC@400MHz, 256MB RAM, I play divx fluently, run word, excel, photoshop and listen to the music simultaneously. And I use the latest Mac OS 10.4 Tiger. Try doing that on a PC with same cpu clock and memory running Windows XP. I did and when I started opera the music started skipping, that kind of pissed me off)
quote: In 2005 Apple announced they would no longer use PowerPC processors in their Apple Macintosh computers, favoring Intel produced processors instead, citing the performance limitations of the chip for future personal computer hardware specifically related to heat generation and energy usage in future products, as well as the inability of IBM to move the 970 (PowerPC G5) processor to the 3 GHz range.
quote: They make iPods and iPod peripherals they call "Macs."
quote: 2. Apples come with all this cool software already installed.
quote: Watch the next OS require a specific built PC and only XXX gfx card, XXX ram, and XXX kinds of HDD's.
quote: If it wasn't for the fact that our government is so tightly wrapped about your finger (I work for the government and IS dept), then MS would surely lose a great deal of market value. Let alone more anti-trust and monopoly accusations.
quote: Apple does NOT have a long way to catch up
quote: I don't see where the OP said Microsoft was responsible for Picasa. I also don't see where the OP said that Windows Photo is better or worse than anything.
quote: No, that's what Apple does, not Microsoft. You can use any hardware with Vista.
quote: Oh, really? You mean you expect Apple to go from 3% to Microsoft's current >90% in how many years? Seems like they have a long way to go.
quote: Finally, I don't see why you have to jump down the throat, just because the OP is a Microsoft employee. You obviously have anger issues with Microsoft, but I doubt this person has anything to do with your problems.
quote: As with most MS employees, they will never compliment opposition, even when they KNOW that they copied off a company because they made a successful product.
quote: Being a representative of Microsoft, he does have [something] to do with my problems. He has made his contribution to the development and as such, a one-track mind to pro-MS only.
quote: Final thoughts: I wonder if a MS VP or other manager saw this guy giving "props" to Picasa. Don't they just hate Google? (see, Lucovsky Microsoft step-down and Balmer's reponse)
quote: I said that Microsoft will end up turning into Apple if they continue (being as, Apple forces you to use their specific hardware, etc.)
quote: As with most MS employees, they will never compliment opposition, even when they KNOW that they copied off a company because they made a successful product...and as such, a one-track mind to pro-MS only.
quote: Picasa >> iPhoto
quote: iMovie is great, iTunes of course is great
quote: Google has you beat, get over it. If you start making more allies instead of enemies, then there might a future to your "next-gen" OS. Now you're just trying to monopolize every market that deals with your software like Mac has done.
quote: I haven't used the other mentioned, but I think as time progresses and the pricetags on Mac's drop (and the quality of Intel processors rises), then they could steal a hefty market share of MS dominance.
quote: Now you're just trying to monopolize every market that deals with your software like Mac has done. . . Vista has been the fall of MS, along with it's proven monopoly. If it wasn't for the fact that our government is so tightly wrapped about your finger (I work for the government and IS dept), then MS would surely lose a great deal of market value. Let alone more anti-trust and monopoly accusations.
quote: Watch the next OS require a specific built PC and only XXX gfx card, XXX ram, and XXX kinds of HDD's.
quote: If you blog, check out the app I work on, Windows Live Writer.
quote: They never talk about what system is better or what the systems offer.
quote: Seriously, who buy a computer based on an ad with 2 guys standing in a room?
quote: “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?” - Bill Gates on the Mac ads
quote: On top of that many feel that Steve Jobs is an arrogant psycopath.
quote: Kids today want to be unique... so they ALL dye their hair blue... <shakes head>
quote: I don't know what kind of person would have a kid and not spend time with them especially at an early age.
quote: "Behaves without reason or logic" - fits sj because it doesn't make any sense to pretend you don't have a daughter or to ignore your daughter at an early age. I don't know what kind of person would have a kid and not spend time with them especially at an early age.
quote: Some people love to hate Apple because they are what, cool, easy to use...
Some people love to hate MS because they are what; blue screen, hard to use, un-intuitive, monopolistic, arrogrant.
quote: My influence on the technology world would make you sooo envious....
quote: I really challenge you tell me what critical important applicaiton you have that you can argue swings you to PC vs Mac that is technically not capable of being changed.
quote: Remember, the G5's were so much faster than PC's, then the switch and now Intel's are so much faster than those slow G5's. So which was it?
quote: Frankly anyone who brings up the open vs closed system or the thousands of options vs 10. I really challenge you tell me what critical important applicaiton you have that you can argue swings you to PC vs Mac that is technically not capable of being changed. With the migrtion of MAC to INTEL CPU and CS and with their dual boot capability its all not very relevant. For 90% of the applications that 95% of the people use computers for today's MAC or PC do equally well.
quote: In fairness Volvos may really suck, but with Ford now safely at the helm they're certainly bound to get better.
quote: and I’ll bet that less than 10 percent of Windows users went and got that.
quote: What bill gates doesn't get, that apple does: people are sheep.
quote: I still want to see a spoof commercial where PC is dressed as a character from HL2 or some other popular game trying to get MAC to join in online and MAC can only bow out because there's no version of the game for the Macs and he'd have to buy a copy of Windows and the game to run it in bootcamp and even then it wouldn't run as well as on a similarly priced PC because the hardware isn't as good, and you can't just go to NewEgg and get the latest hardware because it's not Mac approved, etc, etc.
quote: My goodness... all these intelligent posters and yet so many are insulting and abusive. Kids, that just undercuts the point you want to make.