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Bitter and Jealous, Much?

Bill Gates on Vista and Apple’s ‘Lying’ Ads

I particularly liked this bit:

Q: In many of the Vista reviews, even the positive ones, people note that some Vista features are already in the Mac operating system.
A: You can go through and look at who showed any of these things first, if you care about the facts. If you just want to say, “Steve Jobs invented the world, and then the rest of us came along,” that’s fine. If you’re interested, [Vista development chief] Jim Allchin will be glad to educate you feature by feature what the truth is.

Okay, billionaire who can’t manage a decent haircut, let’s go ask the Almighty Allchin….


Two and a half years ago Microsoft executives were privately green with envy over the features soon to be released in Mac OS 10.4 Tiger.

According to a report on UK web site PCPro , Microsoft’s envy was revealed in a series of emails, submitted as evidence in the Iowa antitrust lawsuit. and Spotlight particularly impressed Lenn Pryor, former Director of Platform Evangelism:

Tonight I got on corpnet, hooked up to my Exchange server and then downloaded all of my mail into the local file store. I did system wide queries against docs, contacts, apps, photos, music, and … my Microsoft email on a Mac. It was fucking amazing. It is like I just got a free pass to Longhorn land today.

Top Microsoft executive Jim Allchin was also impressed: “I don’t believe we will have search this fast,” he wrote.

And now, after the Mothership announced the iPhone, what is Redmond alleged to be up to?

And, in a related vein:

With all the hoopla (or lack of hoopla) surrounding the Vista release to the general public, a problem has apparently come to light with iTunes compatibility. Various folks are reporting that you cannot authorize iTunes (for Windows) on Vista to play things purchased from the iTunes Store.

Billy, you realize that when Leopard is unleashed, Vista will be something like three, maybe five years behind, feature and performance-wise… right? And you’ll be able to run Windows on Apple’s hardware, alongside OS X, with hardly a noticeable performance lag.

Oh, I Will SO Be Constructing a Couple of These!

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