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Vista and Antitrust: Gates Is Still Gates

I thought after all those dinners with Bono and all those hours spent doing good that we'd have a new, nicer, softer Bill Gates.

We don't. Gates has as much spunk and moxie as ever, as he showed his Bill-ish bluster when defending Vista in Europe. Don't forget, it was the Europeans who stalked Vista every step of the way, pushing for this feature to be yanked, that item to be pulled and APIs to be opened wider than Bill O'Reilly's mouth. According to Gates, the European authorities wanted to "castrate" Windows.

I hate it when columnists digress by actually saying "I digress," so I'll just briefly and slightly change the subject. The Gates quote reminds me of the day in November 1989 when IBM and Microsoft announced that OS/2 would serve as the high-end multitasking enterprise OS, and Windows would remain a low-end product, leading then-Lotus chief Jim Manzi to remark to anyone within earshot and with press credentials that Windows had been "neutered." Who knew that desktop operating systems were all male?

Meanwhile, back in Europe, Gates argued that Vista came through the regulatory process with all of its parts still attached.

Posted by Doug Barney on 11/15/2006 at 1:15 PM


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