Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Jun 2008 22:47 UTC, submitted by Flatland_Spider
Windows We're really on the subject of software installation issues on OSNews lately, and this story, making its rounds on the internet, fits in quite well. Back in the day, during the antitrust lawsuits against Microsoft, Microsoft had to make a whole slew of corporate email public. In light of Gates' imminent withdrawal from Microsoft, SeattlePI dug up a little gem among these emails, one in which Bill Gates goes on a full-blown rant about the difficulties he had trying to download and install Windows MovieMaker, back in 2003.
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by stabbyjones on Wed 25th Jun 2008 23:16 UTC
stabbyjones
Member since:
2008-04-15

if that email was from 2003 why does microsoft.com still suck to use?

does he have to complain about everything to get things done?

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RE: well
by whartung on Wed 25th Jun 2008 23:50 in reply to "well"
whartung Member since:
2005-07-06

Ya know, that seemed like a pretty matter of fact email. I don't know if I'd consider it angry or not.

But think if this happened at Apple.

Jobs wouldn't be sending an email, he'd be in someones (or several someones) faces, exploding and covering them with froth and spittle.

It's easy to disregard this email and file it under "yea, we should do something about that".

I imagine, however, that being in an angry Jobs RDF puts a little more fire in to someone.

It never ceases to amaze me how easy stuff is to install on the Mac. I always feel like I'm missing something. I'll gladly pay the download and extra disk space these apps take for that simplicity.

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RE[2]: well
by jabbotts on Thu 26th Jun 2008 12:14 in reply to "RE: well"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

Even better. Imagine the coked up Jobs (Disclamer; It seems the behavior presented if not the recreation chosen at the time but that's not a claim of fact by me) of the early years. Those years when he'd show up to interviews barefoot and kick the applications that wore suits out half way through..

Oh man I'd love to be a fly on the wall just to watch that. "And then Jobs snapped.. he lost it.. he fakes the developer out with a kind comment and a left hook then circles right.." hehehe.. this is going to keep me giggling all day..

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RE[2]: well - ease of use
by jabbotts on Thu 26th Jun 2008 12:19 in reply to "RE: well"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

(second reply but it doesn't relate to the smartss first reply)

That was my biggest problem when I first started mucking with osX; it was too easy. I was sure I'd missed something. I had to install VLC so I downloaded it and a compressed file apeared on the desktop. I double clicked and there was a text file and an icon. I moved the icon to the list of programs then though; "ok, now what do I do to finalize this sucker so I can use it.. crap.. that's it? That can't be it.. where are the files, where are the save data folders?"

Everything became clear when I found my way to the terminal, saw that Unix cli stairing back at me and discovered the rest of the program files within the subdirectories manipulated as a single object through the icon representation.

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RE[2]: well
by Soulbender on Fri 27th Jun 2008 04:20 in reply to "RE: well"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

But think if this happened at Apple.

Jobs wouldn't be sending an email, he'd be in someones (or several someones) faces, exploding and covering them with froth and spittle.


So what you're saying is that Gates is more professional than Jobs.
Being in your subordinates face spitting and frothing isn't good management.

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