Gartner VP: Windows is the biggest beta test the world has ever known

“It’s official: don’t expect Microsoft to completely protect your network,” Dan Ilett reports for ZDNet. “‘We’ve all [with the exception of smarter and richer Mac users and other alternative OS users, that is] been part of the biggest beta test the world has ever known–Windows. Microsoft will not solve all of the security problems, no matter what the richest man in the world says,’ said Gartner vice president Victor Wheatman in a keynote speech at Gartner’s IT Security Summit on Monday.”

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30 Comments

  1. I am smarter and richer than the average Windows user.

    Of course, the average Windows user lives in the third world, buys his Windows and Office CD’s for the equivalent of $2.00 US each and is not on the net.

    So there is such a thing as a happy user of Microsoft products.

  2. is anyone really surprised at this “revelation”??

    Billy has been copying Mac ever since he backward-engineered OS 7…and put it atop DOS and called it “WinDoze”

  3. Al:

    What an incredible statistic, that the most secure and most satisfied users of Windows are those folks living in third world nations without significant internet access. It somewhat fitting that Windows works best in the under developed and impoverished areas of the world considering that Microsoft�s programs also lack development and exhibit a poverty of functionality and productivity.

    Maybe when these countries progress from third world to least developed nations they will switch to Macs. And maybe when Microsoft develops a 64-bit OS with true WinFS (among other promised features) it, too, will graduate into the category of first world companies.

  4. “What an incredible statistic, that the most secure and most satisfied users of Windows are those folks living in third world nations without significant internet access. It somewhat fitting that Windows works best in the under developed and impoverished areas of the world considering that Microsoft�s programs also lack development and exhibit a poverty of functionality and productivity.”

    MS and Coke.. Top two brands in the world baby.. One dehydrates you and rots your teeth, the other gives you a headache.. YAHOO…

    These two are so powerful in the 3rd world .. it’s nuts..

    Actually MS just released a Windows Lite.. which offered the crappiest version of Windows Imaginable (no, it’s not ‘Me’).. it can only run one program (or virus) at a time.. and has 600×400 resolution I believe..

    This is supposed to stop people from stealing the full version in China.

    Snicker. But you can get tech support.

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