Barney's Blog

Blog archive

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 November 15, 2006 at 11:52 AM


Featured

  • Microsoft Tops $2.5B Mojang Deal with $7.5B ZeniMax Buy

    Microsoft on Monday announced its intent to acquire games maker ZeniMax, owner of Bethesda Softworks, for $7.5 billion in cash.

  • The 2020 Microsoft Product Roadmap

    From the next major update to Windows 10 to the next generations of .NET and PowerShell, here's what's on tap from Microsoft this year.

  • 2020 Microsoft Conference Calendar: For Partners, IT Pros and Developers

    Here's your guide to all the IT training sessions, partner meet-ups and annual Microsoft conferences you won't want to miss. (Now updated with COVID-19-related event changes.)

  • Nvidia Buys Chip Maker Arm for $40 Billion

    Nvidia has entered into a "definitive agreement" to acquire U.K.-based chip design company Arm Ltd. from the SoftBank Group in a stock-and-cash deal valued at $40 billion.