Bill Gates moves on; a troubled Microsoft remains

“It is almost unthinkable that any one human could pick up where Bill Gates leaves off when he ends his full-time tenure Friday as Microsoft’s leader,” Jessica Mintz reports for The Associated Press.

MacDailyNews Take: Yes, it is unthinkable. Charlie Peace would have to rise from the dead.

Mintz continues, “But as Gates bones up on epidemiology at his charitable foundation, the software company he built with a mix of visionary manifestos and extreme hands-on management must still wake up Monday to face hard problems even he could not solve.”

MacDailyNews Take: Yeah, like how are they going to “innovate” this time when there’s no longer an unprepared sugared water salesbozo around to sign away Apple’s company jewels?

Mintz continues, “From Microsoft’s start in 1975, Gates has been the company’s genius programmer, its technology guru, its primary decision maker and its ruthless and competitive leader. He would famously disappear into the solitude of a country cabin to digest employee-written papers and ponder the future of the industry, then emerge with manifestos…”

MacDailyNews Take: Like the Unabomber. And, Jessica, those weren’t employee-written papers, they were Mac OS discs.

Mintz continues, “At a May gathering of chief executive officers at Microsoft’s Redmond, Wash., headquarters, Gates outlined how he hoped to translate the work once done within the singular confines of his brain into the sort of group projects that could be managed with the company’s own collaboration software.”

MacDailyNews Take: Good God in Heaven.

Mintz continues, “‘We’ve created a thing we called quests, where we divided our types of customers down, and we got the best thinkers on these things, both the very practical people who are with the customers, the engineers who write the code, and the researchers who may be more unbound in terms of their timeframe and imagination, and put them together,’ Gates said.”

MacDailyNews Take: That actually explains a lot. Bloated, spaghetti-coded, focus-less crap covered in rich, creamy bullshit. Microsoft and quality go together like lawnmowers and frogs.

Mintz continues, “Gates did not give any examples of specific quests, though in 2006 and 2007 speeches he referred to the Tablet PC, an innovation he has championed for a decade but which has failed to catch on in the mainstream, as a quest.”

MacDailyNews Take: So, he’s really more like a mixture of Charlie Peace, Ted Kaczynski, and Don Quixote. It’s all finally making sense now.

Mintz continues, “If the quests are as deeply tied to Gates’ own ideas about the future as indicated by the few examples Ballmer mentioned, Microsoft may be in trouble. After all, even with Gates himself at the helm, Microsoft has yet to solve critical competitive headaches. The Internet has changed the means of distributing desktop software applications and even challenged the idea that they’re necessary. Microsoft has scrambled to catch up in music players, and remains an also-ran with its Zune. The most recent Windows Vista operating system landed with a thud. And Microsoft has stumbled badly in Web search and advertising, culminating in Ballmer’s quixotic, $47.5 billion pursuit of Yahoo Inc.”

MacDailyNews Take: Bingo! Well, happy retirement, Bill. Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: If you’re looking for a tribute to Bill Gates, you’re at the wrong site. Luckily for you, there are plenty of mindless twits elsewhere who seem quite happy to gloss things over, rewrite history, and excuse and/or ignore criminal behavior. We only deal in facts here. Trying to buy your way into heaven with ill-gotten gains after plunging the world into a decades-long Dark Ages of Computing does not warrant a tribute.


  1. All these MS, Gates, et al apologists. I am always surprised at how attacking the monster that is Microsoft is viewed as some sort of contest with Apple. Like MDN is somehow winning people over to Apple with their editorial. And it is that, with a smattering of facts. Get a grip MS fanboys, visit Paul Thur-whatever at his SuperDuperWindozeSite.

    If Apple didn’t exist, MS and Gates would still be evil. They just would’ve stolen their ideas from other California innovators. Typical corporate asswipes are what was fostered at MS. And now the first one is gone… boo hoo… who cares?

  2. >MacDailyNews Take: We only deal in facts here.

    Ha! You are so full of sh*t!

    MDN dealing in only facts? It’s a friggin editorial site. “News” shouldn’t even be part of the name, so the lies start at the very core of MDN.


  3. Greatest accomplishment is successfully ripping off Apple by threatening that spineless Sculley and getting away with it. Staring with Windows 95….

    I can’t even remember how that spineless guy name is spelled, who cares, he gave away Apples jewels to that trickster.

  4. I’d like to get my hands on the asshole that hired that unprepared sugared water salesbozo, Sculley, the guy that signed away Apple’s company jewels.

    Who was that prick anyway? He must have been the worst executive to ever work at Apple, hiring a useless turd like Sculley.

  5. I’ve also had enough of these pricks that are trying to pave the way for Bill Gates’ Sainthood.

    Bill Gates was in charge when Microsoft was abusing it’s Monopoly and, by rights, Bill should have spent time in Club Fed. Luckily, he paid off enough politicians to avoid that embarrassment.

    Don’t you just love it when the rich and famous buy their justice. That’s the new American way.

    Apparently, buying your way into heaven is not kosher just yet. Perhaps Bill Gates will be the first one to change that.

  6. Is this guy for real? Microsoft has been on autopilot for ten years, coasting on it’s guranteed Vendor Lockin Income. It hasn’t done anything smart since it bought Bungie, and it couldn’t turn a profit on that.

Reader Feedback

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.