Forbes: Microsoft Windows Vista boss suffers from Mac envy

“Are Apple computers better than Windows PCs? The guy who led development of Microsoft’s new versions of Windows apparently once thought so,” Daniel Lyons reports for Forbes.

Lyons reports, “In a January 2004 e-mail to Microsoft chiefs Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, Vista boss Jim Allchin said he would buy a Mac if he wasn’t working at Microsoft.”

Lyons reports, “Allchin, who is now a co-president of Microsoft, was complaining to Gates and Ballmer that Microsoft had lost its way in developing Vista and lost sight of what customers wanted. The e-mail has become public since it was cited by attorneys in Iowa who are pursuing an antitrust case against Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft.”

“Allchin has announced plans to retire from Microsoft after the commercial version of Vista ships at the end of January. Note to employees of Apple retail stores in Bellevue, Wash., and Seattle: On or around Feb. 1, be on the lookout for a white-haired man wearing a Groucho mask, furtively purchasing an iMac,” Lyons writes.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We’re not even close to being tired of this one, yet.

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  1. I can at least give Jim Allchin the utmost respect in making a comment that at least opens the eyes of upper management that Microsoft is not the be all end all solution of the IT industry and that Microsoft has some flaws it needs to deal with internally. Apple makes a great product overall, though has its own flaws to sort out in other areas beyond product innovation and design.

  2. I think he looks more like Harpo.

    And I’ll bet that during MS staff meetings, Jimmy made dozens of secret, cute, little doodles in a cursive scribble of “WindOS X” with a heart around it and Cupid’s arrow through it. And next to it in the same style, “J.A. & S.J. 4 EVER!”

    “He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot but don’t let that fool you. He really is an idiot.”
    – Groucho Marx

  3. d:”Actually, I believe S.Jobs may have bought a Zune. Whenever he is stressed or down he can pull it out for a laugh… The problem would be to stop laughing and get back to work.”

    Next MDN’s take, this is pretty funny too. Made me LOL.

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