Robert McLaws: Windows Edition

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Today's post should be the "Bill Gates" edition, since we've got a bunch of them.

  • "Vista is so secure it could run life support systems". In their effort to summarize the quote, the author mislead people with their title. Gates said it could run hospitals, he never said anything about life support machines.
  • Piracy worked for us, Romania president tells Gates. "Piracy helped the young generation discover computers. It set off the development of the IT industry in Romania." Ouch. I betcha Bill's not happy about that one, seeing as how 70% of software sold in that country is pirated. [via Engadget]
  • Newsweek's Steven Levy asks, Finally, Vista Makes Its Debut. Now What? "And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say? Does honesty matter in these things?" You tell em, Bill!
  • Bill Gates left the "Daily Show" in a hurry. The Daily Show 'explains' why. I suspect the real reason he left is because he's used to walking offstage after he's done with keynotes, and his assistant didn't prep him correctly. But it was still really funny. [via Todd Bishop]

And in other news:



  • Bob Jones said:

    The reason why Longhorn, now Vista was so late was because Microsoft was working overtime to ensure backwards compatibility for all these applications the Microsoft shills would exclaim.

    "Apple doesn't care about backwards compatibility" they screeched and professed that "Vista will be able to run applications from 15 years ago!" as if the former was true and the latter was anything but sad and desperate.

    Of course if this was true, iTunes would work flawlessly on Vista with due in no part to Apple.

    Meanwhile of course, there's a complete lack of a Universal version of Microsoft Office for Mac OS X, ziltch on Zune software for Mac OS X. Microsoft thy hypocrisy runneth over.

    P.S. Your site has had massive connectivity problems from multiple networks, I'm not sure if it's a bad connection, or much more likely that IIS is a joke.

    February 3, 2007 11:15 AM
  • Bob, what's more likely is that I'm getting hammered by Comment spamers who are overloading the site. I'm working to correct the problem.

    And that's not the reason why Vista was so late. MSBlaster and WinFX are the reasons Vista was so late.

    But thanks for playing.

    February 3, 2007 2:13 PM
  • Stephane Rodriguez said:

    Robert McLaws said "I'll stick with Office XML cause of the .NET 3.0 support for crafting the format."

    It appears you have no idea what you are talking about.

    There is no developer story in Office 2007. The reason is, it's a bit tricky, because Microsoft can not afford to ship a proprietary SDK while trying to get their new stuff become an international standard.

    As for .NET 3.0 allowing to craft the new file formats, I'd like to remind you that the System.IO.Packaging classes only provide a generic read/write access to file parts, assuming that you know that an Office 2007 (or XPS) package is a glorified ZIP file with parts linked together internally. Those packaging classes provide 0 functionality when it comes to reading, writing, calculating, rendering, printing, collaborating (and any other feature you might think of) Office 2007 documents.

    February 5, 2007 3:12 PM
  • Stephane, What are you talking about? VSTO 2005 SE is the Office 2007 developer story... and it isn't half bad.

    February 5, 2007 3:34 PM