“Microsoft Corp. has for decades been on the cutting-edge of technological innovation. Company co-founder and chairman Bill Gates spoke to Peter Jennings [Wednesday] at the corporation’s headquarters,” ABC News writes.
MacDailyNews Take: Microsoft Corp. has for decades been on the cutting-edge of technological innovation? Who wrote that, Microsoft for ABC News?
Following are selected selections of the interview:
PETER JENNINGS: How much of a challenge is security these days?
GATES: We’re responsible for the creation of the PC industry. The whole idea of compatible machines and lots of software — that’s something we brought to computing. And so it’s a responsibility for us to make sure that things like security don’t get in the way of that dream. You know, its individual empowerment, information at your fingertips — we need to drive that forward.
MacDailyNews Take: Does Gates really believe that Microsoft is responsible for the creation of the PC industry?
GATES (on competition): Well, competition is always a fantastic thing, and the computer industry …is intensely competitive. Whether it’s Google or Apple or free software, we’ve got some fantastic competitors and it keeps us on our toes.
JENNINGS: On the subject of music, I read somewhere that about 80 percent of Microsoft employees who have a music playing instrument or a music playing device use an iPod.
GATES: Well, I doubt that’s the case. Certainly, the iPod’s a great success.
JENNINGS: Do you have one?
GATES: No, I’m not an iPod user. I use the Creative Zen which is a fantastic product. That’s another space where, even what we have today, whether it’s iPod or the other things are only the start of what we’re gonna have in a few years. People are gonna want choices. These things are going to be smaller or better, cheaper. So, music has changed. The age of the CD is really coming to an end.
JENNINGS: The public likes this tension between you and the others as I’m sure you know. So people want to know do you have an iPod. You say you don’t have. Did iPod beat you in this issue?
GATES: Oh the iPod did a great job, but what Apple’s done there is typically what they do. It’s their, only their one music store, only their device. What we’re doing is providing choices. So it’s like the Apple computer versus the PC. With the PC you can buy from many companies so you get cheaper prices, you get more variety and here with music devices we’re coming in with the same. But they’re a strong leader in the space and I think as we gain share, people will be surprised.
JENNINGS: But, it isn’t hard for you is it to stand back and compliment somebody else?
GATES: No, particularly Steve Jobs who’s done a lot of amazing things in our business.
JENNINGS: I’ve heard some people say that if they were graduating from science or technology today, they’d rather work for Jobs than Microsoft. Why do you think that might be true?
GATES: Well it’s certainly not the case. You found a very unusual data point there. In terms of software that’s going to change lives and the most interesting software work in the world we’re able to attract the smartest people and believe me, that’s something that we track very, very carefully. When it comes to having the best software people, that’s been the key to our success.
MacDailyNews Take: “You found a very unusual data point there.” Bill, you really needed to get laid before you turned 40. The man is, without a doubt, SuperNerd™.
JENNINGS: When I said to somebody the other day that you at Microsoft had always said we will continue to be the innovators of technology this person who was young and a techie said “Oh they’ve never innovators they buy other people’s material, they expropriate other people’s knowledge and adapt it into their business.” I don’t understand that completely, but is there some truth in that?
GATES: Well the biggest thing we did was we invented the field. That is there were no other companies doing what we were doing. The idea of the PC, the idea of the software industry — that was something very, very unique. There are companies like Xerox had a research lab that did a lot of forward looking work. In fact, the whole interface you see with windows and with the Apple McIntosh [sic] a lot of the early ideas came from Xerox. A lot of the good people who did the work there are now here at Microsoft taking those ideas a lot further. And so, it is important to acknowledge that we build on the work of others. But if any one company has done a lot of unique work, breakthrough work, risk-taking work, that’s gotta be Microsoft.
Full transcript with much, much more here.
MacDailyNews Take: Mr. Gates has his timeline, at the very least, FUBAR’ed beyond belief. What’s next, Bill, holing up in Vegas and growing your fingernails to obscene lengths? You’d be copying someone again there, too, oh King of the Delusional Geeks. Of course, that wouldn’t stop you from claiming you “innovated” the whole Vegas-Fingernail-Billionaire-Madness thing all by yourself, right?
Does Gates even remember that by 1980 Apple (with the Apple II) held 50% of the personal computer market? Or that it was well after the Mac’s 1984 debut that Microsoft released the awful Windows 1.0 (late 1985)? Or that it was eleven years before Microsoft even approached the same ballpark as the Mac OS with Windows 95? As for Xerox PARC and Apple’s Mac, read the real story here. Gates wants to make people think that Apple and Microsoft got their ideas from Xerox to create the Mac and Windows. We suggest you read the very informative and concise article “The History of the Graphical User Interface” here.
Or why not just listen to a younger, pre-delusional Mr. Gates himself by clicking below. If Gates was off “inventing” Windows at the same time as Apple was creating the Macintosh, this video simply could not exist (thanks for your patience, it takes a moment to start via a cable modem – 6.2MB):
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Steve Jobs: Microsoft copied original Apple Mac with Windows 95, now they’re copying us again – February 08, 2005
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer: ‘We love to be first’ – January 25, 2005