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Gates slams Mac ads, questions Mac security

updated 11:55 am EST, Fri February 2, 2007

Gates slams Mac ads

Microsoft co-founder and former CEO Bill Gates has openly criticized Apple's 'Get a Mac' ads, called the company a liar, and questioned the security of Apple's Mac OS X operating system. In a recent interview with Newsweek, Gates compared Microsoft's recently released security-oriented Windows Vista to Apple's Mac OS X: "We made it way harder for guys to do exploits," Gates said, referring to Windows Vista. "The number [of violations] will be way less because we've done some dramatic things [to improve security] in the code base. Apple hasn't done any of those things." The executive also referenced the frequent discovery of flaws in Mac OS X. "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." Gates was likely referring to the 'Month of Apple Bugs' project -- which came under intense criticism this week for exploiting Safari users attempting to view a freshly-discovered bug.

When asked about a recent 'Get a Mac' advertisement implying that PC users need surgery to upgrade to Windows Vista, Gates called Apple a liar.

"I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it's superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say? Does honesty matter in these things, or if you're really cool, that means you get to be a lying person whenever you feel like it? There's not even the slightest shred of truth to it."

Many industry watchers have pointed to several Windows Vista features, claiming that the operating system's latest additions are glaring copies of Apple's Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger implementations. Gates hinted that Apple is not in fact the original designer of many of those features, and encouraged all curious users to speak to Microsoft's Windows Vista development chief.

"Jim Allchin will be glad to educate you feature by feature what the truth is," Gates said. "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."

The executive also promised his full involvement in Microsoft affairs, despite the planned official departure of his full-time role at the company in July of 2008. Gates also hinted that future versions of Windows will be more "user-centric," hinting toward remote access to documents and applications from any kiosk or PC.




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  1. suhail

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    pfft…

    this could be "the beginning of the end" for MS.

  1. Philip J. Fry

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Funny

    Wasn't there already exploits for Vista before it officially shipped to consumers?

  1. iSkippy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    not the slightest shred?

    Okay, Bill, then explain how my ONE YEAR OLD PC at work would need a new video card (according to the Vista upgrade analyzer) to take advantage of all of Vista's new graphic doodads. Oh, and it's not like the PC has integrated graphics: it's a 256 MB Radeon 9250.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    shorter Bill Gates

    waaaah. Waaaah waaah waaaah, waaah waaah waaah. Waaah waaah! Waaaah waaah waaah; waaah waaah. WAAAAAAAAAAH!

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    lies and the lying liars

    Bush: "There are WMDs in Iraq!"

    Gates: "We didn't steal from Mac OS X!"

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    sounds to me...

    ...like someone feels cornered.

    I guess after all these years of feigned superiority, Jobs finally has Gates where he wants him -- desperately justifying his position with hot air.

    "Jim Allchin will be glad to educate you feature by feature what the truth is" - you mean the same Jim Alchin who stated "If I didn't work here, I'd buy a Mac".

    But let's look at what else he said in that same document:

    "Apple did not lose their way. You must watch this new video below. I know this doesn't show anything for businesses, but my point is about the philosophy that Apple uses. They think scenario. They think simple. They think fast."

    and

    "If we are to rise to the challenge of Linux and Apple, we need to start taking the lessons of "scenario, simple, fast" to heart."

    So, Bill, if it was up to "rise to the challenge of (...) Apple", and he's pointing to a video of iLife '04 as an example how MS lost their way, how does that work that Microsoft invented everything that Jim is pointing out Apple has?

    This is simply too precious to see Gates flailing about like that - furthermore, to see him stammer and deflect every time another tech journalist asks him about Vista copying OS X.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    even more BS

    "Gates also hinted that future versions of Windows will be more "user-centric""

    Gee about time, Billy boy. How long ago did MS promise that security was their top priority?

    future versions of Windows? What, 10, 20 years from now?

    Wanker.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Hey Bill Gates

    How is that Zune thing goin' for ya?

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    yet more BS

    Gates: "We made it way harder for guys to do exploits," Gates said, referring to Windows Vista.

    Translation: Every previous version of Windows had more holes than swiss cheese.

  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    MOWB

    Well, let's see if LMH and his trusty sidekick are up for the challenge. Talk about smugness? It was "everyday" for a month, and 31 of those have working patches. I believe the score is 31 to 14,000, Bill. Or maybe for LMH it's all about the Mac community. We'll see. Oh, and Bill - an OS that asks "Are you really, really, REALLY sure you want to do this?" every time you reference a file is hardly progress.

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