Microsoft chairman Bill Gates talked with NBC’s Today Show host Meredith Vieira about the launch of Windows Vista this morning, but the interview led in with a segment that talked quite a bit about Apple.

In the interview, Gates lies straight off the mark with, “An operating system has never had parental control features before…”

MacDailyNews Note: Of course, Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger, released April 29, 2005, featured built-in parental controls (http://www.apple.com/macosx/theater/parentalcontrols.html). Unfortunately, Meredith Vieira was ill-equipped to challenge Gates’ lie. That would have been something to see had she been able to do so.

Of Apple Mac, Gates told Vieira, “People oughta keep in mind that Windows is where the biggest investment, the biggest set of partners are, and that’s why it’s always been the best choice.” Gates also said, with a straight face no less, that “Vista’s the most advanced operating system for security ever done.”

The full NBC Today Show video can be seen here.

In a related article, Paul R. La Monica reports for CNNMoney, “Gates bristled at the suggestion that Vista had some similarities to Apple’s OS X operating system for Macs. ‘No no no. There are whole areas where we’ve innovated,’ Gates said during the interview… Gates’ comments were from an interview on CNN’s “American Morning,” which will air on Tuesday January 30 to coincide with Vista’s release.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: It sure in nice to see some in the mainstream media deciding not to give derivative Microsoft and their chief bullshit artist Gates a free pass this time around.

[UPDATE: 6:49pm EST: Removed the reference to the YouTube video clip as it was distracting from the main points of the article.]

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