Microsoft’s Gates tries FUD to keep people from switching to Apple’s secure Mac

“I saw what Bill Gates had to say in a recent Newsweek interview about the Mac as compared to Vista,” Scott Granneman reports for SecurityFocus.

Gates in Newsweek: I mean, it’s fascinating, maybe we shouldn’t have showed so publicly the stuff we were doing, because we knew how long the new security base was going to take us to get done. Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine.

MacDailyNews Note: Please see related MacDailyNews article: Bill Gates has lost his mind: calls Apple liars, copiers; slams Mac OS X security vs. Windows – February 02, 2007

Granneman reports, “My reaction, like most knowledgeable people who read this, was open-mouthed astonishment. Now, either Bill is heavily drugged and delusional, which I don’t believe, or he’s just completely ignorant, which I also discount, or he knows exactly what he’s saying and has an ulterior motive. That’s my best guess.”

Granneman reports, “Bill Gates knows that he’s at best exaggerating and at worst completely lying through his teeth. So why’s he doing it? Because he also knows that Apple’s new ads are helping Macs to sell like hot cakes, and that security is a big reason why a lot of people are throwing up their hands in disgust at Windows and switching to Apple’s computers. Who reads Newsweek? Not computer pros, but Joe and Jane Computeruser, and Joe and Jane tend to believe what they read in the mainstream media when it comes to computers, especially when that nice, smart philanthropist Bill Gates is the one saying it. He’s Mr. Computer, after all, so he must be right!”

Granneman reports, “A few years ago, Steve Ballmer ranted about open source in the Chicago Sun-Times, bellowing that ‘Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches. The way the license is written, if you use any open-source software, you have to make the rest of your software open source.’ This is obviously horsehockey, and it’s just as obvious that Ballmer knew that it was horsehockey, but he said it anyway knowing that many readers of the Chicago Sun-Times would believe what he said because he is a rich, important businessman. Bill Gates’ claim that ‘security guys break the Mac every single day’ is just as ludicrous, and just as calculated.”

“In both cases, fear is the string these two maestros are plucking. The ignorant will come away from reading the earlier interview believing that Linux is dangerous and will doom their companies, while the later interview may keep a few more people from switching to Mac OS because it’s getting broken into every single day,” Granneman reports. “Apple [also] uses fear to sell computers, but it’s a heck of a lot more accurate in what it both says and implies, while Microsoft’s leaders tend to nakedly push the buttons of fear willy-nilly, facts and reality be damned.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “BillH” for the heads up.]

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Bill Gates unhinged with Apple envy; Microsoft on path to become high profile casualty – February 06, 2007
Bill Gates has lost his mind: calls Apple liars, copiers; slams Mac OS X security vs. Windows – February 02, 2007

85 Comments

  1. I’m HAPPY Bill Gates is resorting to lying. The situation was bad back when Bill Gates could simply ignore the Mac. Now he’s feeling the heat of Apple breathing on his neck and has to resort to bald-faced LIES to divert people his way. Seeing Gates resort to this B.S. is simple evidence that Gates is seeing bad times ahead.

    It’s a variation on The Three Stages Of Ideas:
    1) Dismiss the invention as preposterous
    2) Declare that it is no real invention; that it was an obvious development
    3) Claim that you thought of the idea first

    Steve Jobs needs to ignore Gates. He needs to keep on eye peeled and paying attention to what Microsoft is doing but other than that, he needs to ignore the turd and stay focused on what Apple and Steve do best: make way-cool technology that works well and is appealing. This is something that’s lost on Microsoft.

    If Steve sticks to this, Gates will amount to nothing more than a bug-splat on his windshield of life.

  2. Hate them or not, ethics aside, it is a smart strategy from a business perspective. The majority of people will believe them and they know it. So what if people i the know think they are lying. They are in a minority.
    Reporters from common, Joe Citizen mags or newspapers are the ones that will have to get the word out about this crap. I doubt that will happen anytime soon.

  3. Anyone who can lie that big and that easily probally secretly owns hamsters with streched rectums, kept in the basement with a big duct tape supply.

    Apple ought to sue the shit out of Gates. This lie is easy to prove.

  4. Glad I’m not Bill Gates. Why?

    Because he’s lying, and he knows it too. Which means he’s rotten inside, and he feels it, it’s a bad smell pervading everything he does.

    Microsoft execs know the game’s up, and they’ll be feeling like shit, even with their wealth.

    The more Iread about Bill Gates and Steve Jobs the more I realise that they are like chalk and cheese. One has honour one doesn’t. One has values and integrity, the other doesn’t. One will die happy and the other will die trying to rectify many wrongs.

    As a story of our time it’s about as good as it gets.

    Here’s a very interesting interview with Jobs from 1995 which tells you more… http://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/comphist/sj1.html

  5. I am sick of hearing “business is business” as a blanket excuse for the rapid decline in ethics and morality. Lying is lying, just because Gates didn’t stand with his hand on a bible and take an oath doen’t mean he (or anyone) can pick and choose where to throw complete bullshit. It’s dissappointing that the interviewer didn’t have enough technical knowledge to call Mr. Bill to task — probably part of the plan.

    My kids are taught not to lie, I was taught by my parents not to lie, and their parents before them (and so on, and son on).

    The end does not justify the means, and I guess were starting to see exactly how Microsoft’s bad Karma is starting to catch up with them.

    “Good riddance to bad company”, i always say!

  6. I thought you had to be accountable for what you say to the media. It would be nice to see him caught in his blatant lies, especially if the backlash was more publicized than his original “comments”.

    A rat trapped in a corner tends to do anything to try and survive.

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