Linked by David Adams on Sun 24th Oct 2010 23:06 UTC, submitted by sawboss
Apple Being the brains behind Microsoft has made Bill Gates the wealthiest guy in the world. So he can pretty much afford to buy his kids any gadgets they want. However, Apple devices are banned in the Gates’ house. This is surprisingly not a rule set by Bill Gates. Melinda Gates has made it very clear in an interview with The New York Times that she does not allow Apple hardware in the house. If the kids want an iPod they’ll have to settle for a Zune instead.
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RE[2]: O.K.
by Laurence on Mon 25th Oct 2010 11:38 UTC in reply to "RE: O.K."
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I guess this doesn't surprise me. I suppose if I owned Heinz Catsup, I wouldn't allow Hunts Catsup to be in my house.

I would. I know I am odd in that sense, but if my children like a competitor's product better then I wouldn't mind them using such. After all, their happiness is more important than some unhealthy pride.

Besides, I'd just use the opportunity to ask them why they prefer the competitor: is it looks or such that is only a matter of taste, or is it functionality that's better somehow or lacking.

It's pointless to deny things out of pride.


Sadly I don't think a damaged pride is the only potential victim here.

If a photographer caught one of Bill Gate's kids with, for example, a MacBook Pro or iPhone instead of a Win7 HP netbook or Windows Phone 7, then that could potentially be a PR disaster: "Even the Gates doesn't use Microsoft products"

They say you shouldn't by drugs off someone who isn't mashed themselves; it rather crude saying I know, but it illustrated this point perfectly. Why should consumers buy into the Microsoft brand if the heads of Microsoft don't themselves?

So yes, there will be a huge element of pride at play here. But they're also not looking to hand their competitors some easy promotion.

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RE[3]: O.K.
by WereCatf on Mon 25th Oct 2010 12:00 in reply to "RE[2]: O.K."
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If a photographer caught one of Bill Gate's kids with, for example, a MacBook Pro or iPhone instead of a Win7 HP netbook or Windows Phone 7, then that could potentially be a PR disaster: "Even the Gates doesn't use Microsoft products"

They could just respond that it's more important to them that people are satisfied than who's products they're using, and leave it at that. It'd make them look more humane instead.

Why should consumers buy into the Microsoft brand if the heads of Microsoft don't themselves?

It'd be their children, not the 'heads' as you say, so it'd be a lot easier to dismiss as kids just going with trends.

Oh well, these are the reasons why I'd never make a good businesswoman; I don't really care about the money, I just want people to be happy. No one wants someone like that at the steering wheel nowadays. :/

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RE[4]: O.K.
by Laurence on Mon 25th Oct 2010 13:01 in reply to "RE[3]: O.K."
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They could just respond that it's more important to them that people are satisfied than who's products they're using, and leave it at that. It'd make them look more humane instead.

They could, but that still doesn't answer why their own kids would prefer a competitors product

It'd be their children, not the 'heads' as you say, so it'd be a lot easier to dismiss as kids just going with trends.

But it's still the parents money and the kids are under their parents guidance. So by proxy, it's the heads.

Oh well, these are the reasons why I'd never make a good businesswoman; I don't really care about the money, I just want people to be happy. No one wants someone like that at the steering wheel nowadays. :/

To be honest, I'm the same. I hate all this BS politics. It reminds me of the saying "be seen to do something" which is prominent in my work place (local government). Rather than doing things efficiently they do a kludge because PR matters more than actually doing the job correctly.

Things like this really **** me off and is the reason why I try and support local businesses with a personal touch where I can (unfortunately personal finances don't always like idealistic principles)

Anyway, I'm starting to sound like Thom on one of his "corporations are evil" rants - so I'm going to stop typing now....

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