Bill Gates lists Microsoft ‘innovations’ that Apple has offered Mac users for years

CNN’s Miles O’Brien interviewed Bill Gates about the debut of Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows Vista, this morning.

One portion was especially interesting:

O’Brien: Frankly, a lot of what I see here, um, seems to mimic a little bit [Apple’s Mac] OS X. Were you going after a specific look there, the Mac look, or?

MacDailyNews Take: A little bit? Ya think?

Gates: No, no, no. Actually, uh, the, we’re ahead [slight pause] on a lot, uh, there’s whole areas where we’ve innovated like Media Center and tablet, uh, that, uh, no one else is doing and the parental control, that’s the first time that’s been done. Even in this photo area, you know, we’d love to have you compare how we’ve done, make it easy to make a DVD, edit high definition movies.

Snippet of Miles O’Brien’s CNN interview with Microsoft’s Bill Gates:

Full video interview here.

MacDailyNews Take: Note Gates’ uncomfortable squirming in his chair, frequent pauses, and “uhs.” Wow.

Gates’ body language reminds us of PC’s squirming here:

Mr. Gates, perhaps the reason that no one else is doing “innovations” like Media Center and tablet is because of your, uh, sales figures for those products?

As for the rest:
Parental Controls: Apple debuted Parental Controls in Mac OS X Tiger, released on April 29. 2005. That’s nearly two years ago. (Gates yesterday spoke with NBC’s Today Show host Meredith Vieira and tried out the same “parental controls” lie there, too, at 2:34 into the video here.)
Photos: Apple debuted iPhoto on January 7, 2002. That’s over five years ago.
DVD creation: Apple debuted iDVD on January 9, 2001. That’s over six years ago.
Movies: Apple debuted iMovie on October 5, 1999. That’s over seven years ago. Oh, HD? Okay, Apple debuted iMovie HD on January 11, 2005. That’s over two years ago.

So much for Microsoft’s “whole areas” of innovation.

Related articles:
Gates bristles over Vista, Mac OS X comparisons – January 29, 2007
Pioneer Press: Windows Vista shows ‘Apple is an innovation engine; Microsoft, not so much’ – January 29, 2007
Imitating Apple Computer is no match for innovation – January 17, 2006
Apple’s talent and innovation vs. Microsoft’s hype – October 25, 2005
PC World: Microsoft innovation – an oxymoron – September 14, 2005
Charles Arthur: Microsoft’s definition of ‘innovation’ different from everyone else’s – April 27, 2004


  1. Bill Gates’ body language is very revealing. Have a look at this interview and also at the one yesterday on MSNBC with that Meredith Vierra chick. In both interviews when he is asked about Vista’s obvious similarities to OS X, he does a big shuffling about and repositioning of himself in his chair. It’s the same “tell” both times. This sort of body language reveals that a person is highly uncomfortable with the issue before them. As well he should be.

  2. “we’d love to have you compare how we’ve done”

    Them’s fightin’ words, Clem.

    If Bill’s dad was Geppetto, he would have skewered thousands of people to death in the southeastern U.S. this morning unfortunate enough to be in his line of nostrils.

  3. I must admit some of the screenshots I’ve seen of Vista are impressive. They truly made a big stride in visual elegance, no doubt thanks to Apple. Leopard better be revolutionary with a whole new look. From what I’ve seen, however, it looks a lot like the current OSX. That, to me, is disappointing. I like visual change. On that one note, Microsoft scored a hole-in-one. Aside from that, Vista is a failure.

  4. Sad. I think Bill Gates is doing more to wreck Vista than help it. They really should have had someone with more speaking experience doing these interviews. Gates looks really sad in all of them (Daily Show, CNN, etc).

  5. Wow, upon looking more closely at Vista, it would appear that it really is an adavance over Apple’s offerings. Why, you can easily edit high-definition content, easily make your own DVD movies, and they have this nifty photo gallery app that offers basic touch-up capabilities as well as serving as a central repository for your photo collection.

    I have to admit that this is all pretty cool stuff, and I’d really love to have it, so I’m going to switch to Vista now, seeing as how you can’t do any of that on the Mac for years now.

  6. This is where you send comments to CNN on the blatant, outright lies told to Miles O’Brien this morning:

    Who knows? They might try a follow-up.
    A six billion dollar, five year waste of time is certainly newsworthy.
    Think of all of the shareholders and pension funds that should sue Microsoft for a monumental waste of resources.
    Gates doesn’t have to know truth from lies.
    He actually believes <u>he</u> decides the truth.

  7. What I think is interesting is that journalists have the gonads to pose the question.

    Let’s face it, Gates & Co. have been copying the Mac since Windows 1.0. Its just that now, they’re getting called for it.

    The King is wearing no clothes.

  8. I did say “WOW” to some of the features in windows Vista. However, I did my “WOW” during the Macworld keynotes over the past 8 years to these innovative features. Heck, some of the features were in OS9. WOW, MS innovation is finally heading into the late 90s. “Microsoft.Where did I go yesterday?” I would say today but been there, done that.

  9. Well that about wraps it up for Photoshop Elements…. Now that the Photo thing is “Built in the OS” It will kill any 3rd party photo programs.. Here we go with the whole Explorer monopoly thing again..

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