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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Way too much to comment....
by Phloptical on Thu 26th Jun 2008 00:23 UTC
Phloptical
Member since:
2006-10-10

There is just so, so much to comment on in that email. It's a beautiful piece of work. I had to keep reminding myself that the owner of the company, who has single-handedly forced Windows down the collective throats of the computing world, composed this email.

This email should be broken down and analyzed sentence by sentence as it contains enough fodder to keep OS News going for at least 3 months. Paul Thurrott is probably reading that and weeping in the corner of his basement.

Anyway, my favorite part (other than the Moviemaker bashing) was this...

"Someone decided to trash the one part of Windows that was usable? The file system is no longer usable. The registry is not usable. This program listing was one sane place but now it is all crapped up."

Let's analyze, shall we? "The one part of windows that was usable." Ladies and germs, this email was written almost 2 years after XP went gold. Astounding. I now have a new-found affection for Bill Gates. It's very clear that Microsoft ran Bill Gates, not the other way around.

To that end, I will say this....Moviemaker is crap. Complete and utter crap. It's disgraceful to force your public to have to use that garbage.

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RE: Way too much to comment....
by sagum on Thu 26th Jun 2008 01:19 in reply to "Way too much to comment...."
sagum Member since:
2006-01-23

Gates noted that Microsoft plans to include Movie Maker as part of Windows Live, so people will get the program when they download that online package.

Hopefully the Live team will get hold of this application and do their magic. So far, the upgrades they've provided on the other parts of the live suite have been good. Not as good as something from Apple, but it'll be better then the poor software we have at the moment with movie maker.

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Phloptical Member since:
2006-10-10

I hope you're right, or at least let it come close to competing with iMovie. Other than the terrible interface and usability, I really also want NOTHING to do with wmv. I want to take a home video off my miniDV camera and burn it to DVD. Period.

IMO, iMovie, iPhoto, and Garageband are the best "me-too" apps there are. Almost worth buying a Mac for.

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RE: Way too much to comment....
by jabbotts on Thu 26th Jun 2008 12:30 in reply to "Way too much to comment...."
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

"we never expected anyone to use the download site for actually downloading anything"

That was favourite. I'm just completely stunned that any company would post a website and actually not think it was going to be used. Heck, I put a server on a network feed and I'm already getting visitors trying to do stuff and that's long before I get apache up with a website. Wow..

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Phloptical Member since:
2006-10-10

Apparently they also thought that no one would use their eopen site either. It sucks almost as bad as moviemaker. In fact, it loads faster under Firefox....if you can believe it.

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