Bill Gates suggests tech companies like Apple 'deserve' tough questioning

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Major tech companies such as Apple should face tough criticism from governments, Microsoft founder and former CEO Bill Gates said in an interview, a kind of questioning that big companies should naturally expect to face.




In a continuation of a series of interviews with various outlets, Gates proposed that tech companies of the size of Apple should "deserve" special attention from government officials and regulators, simply because of their sheer size and power.

Speaking to Dax Shepard on the Armchair Expert podcast, Gates explained that the events of the July 29th House Judiciary Committee testimony featuring Apple's Tim Cook and the CEOs of Amazon, Facebook, and Google are largely to be expected, and that the level of scrutiny will be intense.

"If you are as successful as I am, or any of those people you are, you deserve rude, unfair, tough questions," said Gates. "The government deserves to have shots at you. That type of grilling comes with the super successful territory, it's fine.

Gates speaks from experience, as his leadership of Microsoft involved many instances where he was asked questions by lawmakers and other parties. The most notable was the events of the 1998 lawsuitof the United States against Microsoft, where the government accused Microsoft of illegally maintaining a software, one which heavily featured videotaped depositions from Gates.

The conversation also covered Gates' opinion of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, which was also brought up in a previous interview. Referring to him again as a "wizard" compared to Gates as a "minor wizard," Gates also suggested Jobs was "tough" and was "a genius" at reviving Apple on his return.

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  • Reply 1 of 45
    robin huberrobin huber Posts: 3,476member
    Got no problem with tough questioning. It’s ignorant questioning that drives me up a wall. 
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  • Reply 2 of 45
    Bill Gates should look in a mirror.  In its heyday, Microsoft ran roughshod over those who tried to push alternatives to Office.
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  • Reply 3 of 45
    Given Microsoft's past performance regarding deregulation and monopolistic practices, he really should keep his mouth shut. Guess he still holds a grudge against Apple, particularly now that Apple has surpassed even his wildest dreams!
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  • Reply 4 of 45
    cornchipcornchip Posts: 1,856member
    hhhaaaaaaaa...
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  • Reply 5 of 45
    Sounds like an ex-heroin addict telling people don’t do drugs. 
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  • Reply 6 of 45
    Bill Gates actions at Microsoft is why he’s so wealthy today (and why the industry basically froze for 2 decades) - if he’s so interested in fairness he should have donated the total of his wealth already.

    How nice that he can run important charities out of his wealth pool instead of what would have naturally enhanced the wealth of so many - it wasn’t just US competitors who suffered from his actions. 

    People don’t seem to recognise how poverty happens, it’s the result of exploitation. 
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  • Reply 7 of 45
    Beste Bill, with all my respect, but Microsoft became a successful company thanks to the visionary ideas of Steve Jobs.
    You are already long time out of this business, please leave Apple alone.
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  • Reply 8 of 45
    Hey Kettle, this is Pot calling ....
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  • Reply 9 of 45
    yojimbo007yojimbo007 Posts: 1,143member
    What a Hypocrite!🤣 
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  • Reply 10 of 45

    People don’t seem to recognise how poverty happens, it’s the result of exploitation. 
    That’s one reason for poverty, but that’s not even the biggest reason. Many people nowadays blind themselves to the fact that all these ‘greedy rich people’ are also creating jobs for the people they’re exploiting. If you take that greedy pursuit away then the jobs will disappear, and those who are being exploited (along with everyone else) will then be worse off. Jobs don’t just appear in order to conform to ‘fairness’.

    Everyone benefits from the greedy pursuits of those who make a lot to money. The ideal of socialism, however well meaning, will only ever be a short-lived dream.

    That’s not meant as an excuse for the greed or the hilarious hypocrisy of Bill Gates. It’d be great if everyone could share and get along and not be greedy, but that is never ever going to happen in a large society no matter how much we want it.
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  • Reply 11 of 45
    BeatsBeats Posts: 2,526member
    Look at his evil face. I can see him thinking "this is my chance!" since everyone is pouncing on Apple.

    He should have tough questioning.
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  • Reply 12 of 45
    georgie01 said:

    People don’t seem to recognise how poverty happens, it’s the result of exploitation. 
    That’s one reason for poverty, but that’s not even the biggest reason. Many people nowadays blind themselves to the fact that all these ‘greedy rich people’ are also creating jobs for the people they’re exploiting. If you take that greedy pursuit away then the jobs will disappear, and those who are being exploited (along with everyone else) will then be worse off. Jobs don’t just appear in order to conform to ‘fairness’.

    Everyone benefits from the greedy pursuits of those who make a lot to money. The ideal of socialism, however well meaning, will only ever be a short-lived dream.

    That’s not meant as an excuse for the greed or the hilarious hypocrisy of Bill Gates. It’d be great if everyone could share and get along and not be greedy, but that is never ever going to happen in a large society no matter how much we want it.
    The majority of employment is through small business. (80%+ job creators are small businesses not the “microsoft”s of the world. 
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  • Reply 13 of 45
    Oh eff him!
    Epic undercut Steam and want Apple to foot the bill. That’s what this lawsuit is really about. 
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  • Reply 14 of 45
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 6,957member
    Really, after your company stifled Linux adoption by charging PC makers for preinstalling it?

    You had a monopoly on PC operating systems, and you used that monopoly to create barriers to the market. That's actually illegal, so sit the f**k down, Bill.


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  • Reply 15 of 45
    Grayeagle said:
    Bill Gates should look in a mirror.  In its heyday, Microsoft ran roughshod over those who tried to push alternatives to Office.
    If you read the article he also points at himself.
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  • Reply 16 of 45
    kayesskayess Posts: 36member
    Yes many of you seem not to have read the article and are going off on a preprogrammed rant (the pic is a bit provocative I have to say). Bill Gates isn’t excluding Microsoft from companies who ‘deserve tough questioning’.  In this case he’s aligning with Apple and the other main tech companies, and just saying ‘when you get this big that is inevitable’ 
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  • Reply 17 of 45
     I call for an investigation in O365, they really killed all competition in productivity apps and pushed everybody out of the market holding a 95% market share in that space by leveraging there OS dominant position and linking licensing ...  Ow and while we are at it, linking cloudservices like storage and domain controllers should also be reviewed.
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  • Reply 18 of 45
    seanjseanj Posts: 255member
    Jobs was a wizard.
    But I wouldn’t even class Gates as an apprentice wizard. MS hasn’t produced a single world changing product the way Apple has.
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  • Reply 19 of 45
    davidwdavidw Posts: 1,328member
    To paraphrase Bill Cosby comedy routine when explaining to his kids why their grandparents are so loving and generous toward them.


    That is not the Bill Gates we all knew when he was in charge of Microsoft. He's much older now and trying to get into Heaven.
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  • Reply 20 of 45
    wood1208wood1208 Posts: 2,542member
    Oh Boy!! Apple got on Bill's nerve. Every Dog has its Day. Table has turned. If Satya Nandella did not become MS CEO increasing Bill's net worth than Tesla's Elon would have passed you as richest in world.


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