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

85 Comments

  1. If you go to cnn.com

    they have a quick vote, (along right lower side)

    Will you be updating your software to Vista??

    after my vote the results were

    yes, right away 6%

    eventually, no rush 78%

    I don’t use windows 16%

    I am impressed with the “I don’t use windows” vote

  2. It really doesn’t matter. Microsoft won the OS war decades ago, and they did just enough to keep their user base satisfied.

    If hardly anyone switched in the last 5 years, do you really think they will now.

  3. PC walks up to Mac dressed in a tshirt and hoodie, and announces that he just came back from surgery and upgraded to Vista. PC then turns around and asks for Mac’s opinion.

    Mac, stares at PC in disbelief, and tells him that he’s had that same look and features for the last five years. PC stammers and disagrees with him.

    PC then starts sneezing, and informs Mac that he still must have caught a virus. A guy comes in dressed as a Hollywood director, takes PC’s glassess off of his face, throws them on the door and stomps on them. When PC and Mac demands an explanation, he tells them that since PC’s glasses don’t protect high def movie content, he’s entitled to break them. PC stammers that he doesn’t watch high def movies, and Hollywood guy informs him that he can do that with Vista, read the contract. PC sadly stammers that he can’t read the Vista contract since his glasses have just been broken.

    PC then begins to sigh and softly weep: he still hurts from the upgrade surgery, he still has gotten sick on the internet, and the Hollywood type broke his glasses. PC states that he is now sorry that he went to Vista.

    Mac walks over to PC and consoles him with a pat to the back. Hollywood Guy walks over to Mac, asks if Mac has glasses, and Mac makes him leave the commercial. The scene cuts to an iMac with an unbroken pair of glasses in front of it.[end]

  4. Did anyone notice yesterday’s Gates retort regarding Mac vs. Windows innovation? He completely broadsided the the issue with what was less a response and more a non-violent threat:

    “Remember that Windows is where the investment is. It’s where the partners are. That’s why it’s the best.”

    Translation: Everyone’s buried so deep in Windows infrustructure, you have no choice now.

  5. 1. i press f10 for expose and the windows appear on my screen in a specific pattern
    2. i select a window and work
    3.. i press f10 for expose again and the widows are in a slightly DIFFERENT arrangement than before

    That annoys me; especailly when i’ve many windows open and am trying to get work done. I don’t want to hunt down the previous window. Otherwise, expose kicks ass.

  6. Teflon,
    I’m worried that they will switch. There are already too many switchers asking for the Mac to act more like Windows. I don’t mind the Mac getting more market share, but I don’t want it polluted by Window’s crappy user interface.

  7. “From what I’ve seen, however, it looks a lot like the current OSX. That, to me, is disappointing. I like visual change.”

    Unfortunately, most users just get confused by change. OSX will stay pretty much the same visually for quite a while.

  8. If you are implying that Vista may in fact be a better implementation of Mac OS X features, let’s just do a quick comparison of system requirements and what is accomplished with those resources.

    But I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you were praising the iPod.

  9. If you are implying that Vista may in fact be a better implementation of Mac OS X features, let’s just do a quick comparison of system requirements and what is accomplished with those resources.

    But I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you were praising the iPod.

  10. If you are implying that Vista may in fact be a better implementation of Mac OS X features, let’s just do a quick comparison of system requirements and what is accomplished with those resources.

    But I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you were praising the iPod.

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