Originally Posted by solipsism
I wouldn't call it being pissed. It's business.
Are you saying that Apple is so insignificant that MS would consider them a mosquito? In OS marketshare sure, but in value as a company, and surely the other PC vendors (where Apple actually competes head to head) they take most of the profitable market.
Portion of interview transcript, Bob Garfield from AdAge interviewing Bill Gates during the Corbis Creativity 2.0 panel in Manhattan:
GARFIELD: I want to ask you one more thing: Those Mac ads — how do you feel about the John Hodgman character?
GATES: I can’t comment on someone else’s ad.
GARFIELD: OK … but he’s you.
GATES: Yeah, I’m not gonna comment on someone else’s ad.
GARFIELD: OK, well, Bill Gates, thank you so much for joining us.
GARFIELD: Can I just have a clean goodbye?
GARFIELD: OK, can you just say goodbye? Thank you or goodbye or something like that?
Gates does sound pissed of, to my opinion. Must say I never thought that way, but PC and Mac guy can easily translate into Gates and Jobs, thus ads can be taken very personal.
True it is business, but Apple has pushed some limits in this case - and by a margin. While there is as strong competition between PC brands, I can't recall seeing any of them constantly having fun on other's behalf - and for years. I can't recall anything like that in any other market.
My aunt just called me up yesterday. She is having BSOD on her notebook periodically. Her machine also takes 10 minutes to boot up with Kaspersey running and it's dog slow. This was not the case when she first got it.
I'm really sad to hear that. On the other hand, for our only client with some Macs, small publishing house, I recently had to recover from backup couple of files corrupted while being saved from Macs to a server share.
There was a reason why that happened twice in a single week and never again, and there is a reason why your aunt have her issues. There is also a solution to pretty much any problem in IT. If you are implying that your aunt is condemned to such things because she has PC, it simply isn't true.