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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Would he have cared if it hadn't inconvenienced him? Us techs have been picking up the pieces from this kind of mess for years but when we say anything, we're naysayers. Odd how there wasn't any improvement in either the "last sane place" add/remove or in the website design. I still have a long list of "update Q3243219" left in my add/remove and if these are updates, why don't they just replace the files they update rather than make an add/remove entry; it's not like we're going to remove them later else it wouldn't be an OS Update Patch.

The letter was a great read when it hit the news sights though. A bunch of the regulars elsewhere have been trying to find any evidence that it's a hoax but it keeps turning up on reputable servers.

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BluenoseJake Member since:

"Would he have cared if it hadn't inconvenienced him?"

No, he wouldn't have, because it would have worked. When was the last time you complained about something that works? Hows he supposed to know if something works if he doesn't try it?

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jabbotts Member since:

I don't mean if he'd tried it and it had worked flawlessly would he still complain.. that's just foolishness. Of course rational people don't complain because something works.

I should elaborate, if he hadn't tried to install Movie Maker and only heard of it not working for other people.. would he have taken such concern?

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