“Microsoft Corp. is grappling with ‘a lot of smart competitors,’ including Google and Apple, who are ahead of the Redmond company in some key markets, Bill Gates acknowledges,” Todd Bishop reports for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. “But the Microsoft chairman on Tuesday said his company remains the overall industry leader, and he compared the current rivalries to legendary ones with Lotus, Novell and WordPerfect — situations in which the Redmond company ultimately overcame steep odds to prevail. ‘At any point in our history, we’ve had competitors who were better at doing something,’ Gates said in an interview with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, underscoring the fact that it wouldn’t be unprecedented to come from behind now.”
Gates also said, “Right now, because of the breadth of what we do, we have that in many areas. Nokia is way ahead of us in phones; we’re closing the gap. Sony is ahead of us in video games. We’re just on the verge of something (the Xbox 360) that will help us close the gap there. In Web search, Google is the far-away leader. Big honeymoon for them. Even if they do ‘me, too’ type stuff, people think, ‘wow.’ And Apple in music has done a fantastic job.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Note Gates’ attempt to pretend that Apple is only ahead of Microsoft in “music.” Or he’s being his usual condescending self towards Apple and Steve Jobs. Apple isn’t only ahead of Microsoft in music, which we Mac OS X and iLife users all know, as does he.
Why does Gates ignore Apple’s Mac OS X? Simply because he knows that he and his company are the kings of “me, too type stuff” and he doesn’t want anyone to get any ideas about Apple Macs being so far ahead because consumers can buy one now with Mac OS X Tiger, but they can’t yet get a PC with Microsoft’s paper Tiger, Windows Vista. Gates is delusional if he thinks he can turn his Titanic as quickly and nimbly as Steve Jobs’ Apple. Of course, we’re sure that Microsoft will again succeed in marketing the so-called “come from behind” idea with enough money to convince a lot of people.
In no time at all, Mac users will have Windows people asking them:
Why does Apple call gadgets, “Widgets?” Why does Apple always have to be different and use a different name? “Trash” instead of recycle bin, “Dock” instead of sidebar; it never ends, what’s wrong with Apple?
The only thing wrong with Apple is the fact that they have Mac OS X and iLife and they haven’t told the average person about them and all that they can do. At least show people what your superior products look like, Mr. Jobs, so people will be able to see how Microsoft tries to follow wherever Apple leads. Apple have left the door open for Microsoft to launch Vista, proclaim it “innovative and new,” and have nobody outside of a few tech media folks and Mac OS X users question their claims for a second. Are you going to let them get away with it yet again, Mr. Jobs?
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