Microsoft News from the Wife Is Embarrassing

I bet Bill Gates is not happy that news got out that Apple products are banned in his household. If your own kids want products from the “enemy” that can’t be a good sign!

“There are very few things that are on the banned list in our household,” [Mrs. Gates] said. “But iPods and iPhones are two things we don’t get for our kids.” Like any forbidden fruit, however, Mrs Gates, 44, admitted that some Apple products do have the power to tempt her. “Every now and then I look at my friends and say ‘Ooh, I wouldn’t mind having that iPhone,” she admitted.

I have long wondered if the business model of selling operating systems to first time PC buyers would change once those first time buyers eventually got more savvy and experienced…and learned of Apple products. I first thought this in 1990. But you know what? My fundamental insight would have meant squat for well over a decade as MSFT trended up. Now it has trended down. Fundamentals? No use. Trend up – long. Trend down – short or out of market.

6 thoughts on “Microsoft News from the Wife Is Embarrassing

  1. Gee, I guess Bill wouldn’t approve of my Linux servers and MySQL databases. Windows is sometimes needed for desktop users running windows-only applications, but it certainly has no place in a data center or server room. I want servers with uptime measured in MONTHS and YEARS rather than minutes.

    As for Apple gear, what makes Apple great is their box designs (not the internals). They have always been good at making good-looking products; although they tend to ignore hardware quality. Motorola chips ALWAYS sucked, and it took them YEARS to figure that out. I also do not like their revenue model. iTunes sucks, and if I want to load my own mp3’s onto an iPhone or other product, I shouldn’t have to hack their software to make it happen. I much prefer the Creative Zen MP3 players. Generally, I consider Apple gear to be for people who prefer form over substance. Of course form over substance is probably a great business model.

  2. GeneL, agree on Linux, but to say Apple’s box design is their advantage is to ignore their operating systems on desktop and iPhone – which are the best. I get it that top line techies will never have any use for usability and design, and since the dawn of PC age they have sneered at the work Apple puts into those aspects, but ultimately software and hardware should be easy, not a mental challenge to operate. Apple wins on that front.

  3. Gene it sounds like what you’re really saying is that if you
    can’t get it for free (linux, mysql, mp3s) then it sucks, lol. This is sort of like a trader obsessed with never losing. I can see then why you dont like Apple, they have always been on the cutting edge technologically but they charge a premium for it. Btw, could you name a smartphone that you believe has more substance than the iPhone?

    Gates not letting iPhones in the house kind of reminds me of investors who stick their heads in the sand and hope the problem goes away.

  4. If I was at Apple I would be angling new commercials with pseudo Gates kids asking for an iPod only to have an Joan Crawford type resembling Gates booming … “No wire hangers, No wire hangers, No wire hangers, No iPhones, No iPhones, No iPhones…”

  5. Apple has too closed system, you just don’t have wide pallet of software that supports Mac OS. There is no better PC than custom PC (hardware & software).

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