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Bill Gates on Apple security and other things

William H Gates III has been talking to Steven Levy about Vista, the Apple Switcher adverts, and more. It's well worth reading the whole thing - though hold onto your jaw.
Written by Rupert Goodwins, Contributor

William H Gates III has been talking to Steven Levy about Vista, the Apple Switcher adverts, and more. It's well worth reading the whole thing - though hold onto your jaw. At the bottom of page 2, we get this delicious morsel:

In many of the Vista reviews, even the positive ones, people note that some Vista features are already in the Mac operating system.

You can go through and look at who showed any of these things first, if you care about the facts. If you just want to say, "Steve Jobs invented the world, and then the rest of us came along," that's fine. If you’re interested, [Vista development chief] Jim Allchin will be glad to educate you feature by feature what the truth is. I mean, it’s fascinating, maybe we shouldn't have showed so publicly the stuff we were doing, because we knew how long the new security base was going to take us to get done. Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine. So, yes, it took us longer, and they had what we were doing, user interface-wise. Let’s be realistic, who came up with [the] file, edit, view, help [menu bar]? Do you want to go back to the original Mac and think about where those interface concepts came from?

There's more.

A word of advice: if you're ever in a pub quiz team and you're expecting questions on the history of personal computing, Bill may not be the ace in the hole you were expecting.

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