Microsoft’s Bill Gates: ‘We’ve been f—-ed by China’

“Former Microsoft executive Kai-Fu Lee has accused the software giant of incompetence in its plans to gain a business footing in China, and testified that an expletive-filled tirade from chairman Bill Gates was a low point before he defected to rival Google,” The Associated Press reports.

“In testimony during a hearing on Microsoft’s lawsuit against Lee and Google, Lee said on Tuesday he wrote a memo to another Microsoft executive saying he was ‘deeply disappointed at our incompetence in China – that we have wasted so many years in China with little to show for it.’ Lee went on to say in the email that he was embarrassed by Microsoft’s business practices and that people in the government joked about Microsoft’s internal politics,” The Associated Press reports. “He testified that one of the lowest moments of his career with Microsoft was a conversation in which Gates yelled at him and said the company had been ‘f—–‘ by the Chinese people and its government. Lee did not clarify the context of Gates’ comments.”

The Associated Press reports, “Redmond-based Microsoft has sued Google and Lee, who is known for his work on computer recognition of language, a key problem in search technology. Microsoft contends that Lee’s duties would violate the terms of an agreement he signed as part of his Microsoft employment contract. Microsoft also accused Lee of using insider information to get his job at Google… Attorneys for Google said in court on Tuesday that much of what Lee knew about the Chinese market came from his previous work experience at Apple Computer and other companies, and that Microsoft was exaggerating the extent of his work for Microsoft on China.”

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MacDailyNews Take: F bomb this, f bomb that. These are the sounds of implosion, boys and girls. And we are grinning ear to ear. Keep concentrating on Google, guys. It’s all about Google. Google, Google, Google…

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  1. The sad truth is regardless of what anyone on this board thinks of Gates or Balmer, Gates could afford to leave the equivalent of all our annual income combined as tip for valet service and never miss it.

  2. I can’t say I blame Gates and Ballmer for throwing so many f-bombs around. I know that I curse at my WinXP machine almost daily, it can be very stressful what with all the viruses, spyware, random crashes, convoluted interface, and the sheer ugliness of the GUI (dithered startup screens are so 15 years ago). That is why I will be switching (back) to Mac after 10 years of windows hell.

  3. Lenovo will mop up Dell, HP and Sony in the PC space, leaving Apple as the only other name-brand PC maker. And once it’s Intel-based, Apple might start getting some big corporate contracts (even if it’s running Windows).

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