The Return of Bill Gates

“WSJ’s sources further claimed that Nadella had asked Gates to “spend more time on technology and strategy” to help ease him into the role – assuming Nadella will get the nod, that is, which is what most everyone is now assuming.”There is a rumour that BG will return in some role along the lines of “product development”. I’m OK with that. The guy who last created a decent and useful product in the 1980s should be at the helm when the ship sinks. He only recent success was locking M$ and much of the world into a dungeon. What the world needs is “break-out” not “lock-in”.

“The question that we have to face upto is a Memphis release this Fall vs. Memphis/IE4 slipping into 1998.
If you add up the facts around IE4. there is low confidence that it is possible to ship an integrated Memphis/IE4 product this year. The IE4 product will need to go through several resets and unplanned work items before it is shippable. Among the issues that will need to be worked through include; security, corporate customer acceptance of push. customer feedback on UI, OS integration, performance,
competitive response to Netscape.”
BG is the guy who decided to integrate Internet Exploder with the OS. We saw how well that worked out. They destroyed Netscape and just about every PC and server on the Internet at the same time. That decision made both products worse… I remember being able to crash Lose ’98 in a few seconds of browsing the web.

Isn’t BG the guy who decided to switch file-formats periodically to mess up the whole world so they would buy the latest release? Isn’t he the one who decided PCs should slow down so that people would buy a new one every few years? How did that work out for you? How did it work out for M$? The world decided to create ODF and nearly sunk the corporation for consumers. Last I heard, there were a hell of a lot more PCs and OS sold to consumers than businesses. Nevertheless, BG threatened every business with destruction just for using M$’s products. There’s a recipe for long-term success. It was in the news for months that M$ was threatening whole countries over OOXML. What are those whole countries doing now? In the end, M$ had to support ODF or lose entirely. How much time, money and energy was wasted in the process?

M$ has lots of money to waste. Think BIG, Bill!

See Bill Gates to pull a Steve Jobs and SAVE MICROSOFT – report.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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10 Responses to The Return of Bill Gates

  1. wolfgang says:

    Somewhere else you wonder why bureaucrats don’t support change and then you suggest that change will allow anyone to mess with form. That doesn’t sound very good to bureaucrat. It doesn’t even sound good to me. Forms on web much more than .1% of documents, too. More like 99.9% from what I see.

  2. wolfgang wrote, ” I can give the names and addresses and bank amounts and print it out and send it back. Only nothing but PDF and browser needed.”

    That’s fairly workable for forms designed to work that way but what about the other 99.9% of documents? What about collaboration where a bunch of people edit the same doc? Wikipedia: “Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format used to represent documents in a manner independent of application software, hardware, and operating system. Each PDF file encapsulates a complete description of a fixed-layout flat document, including the text, fonts, graphics, and other information needed to display it.” PDF is intended to represent the document for display/printing, not to be the document. PDF has lots of read-only features, like embedded images, fonts and the like. PDF has far more “readers” than “writers”. ODF is based on XML which has an hierarchy of elements making editing rather easy.

    e.g. Suppose I want to edit a document to make an image larger. The PDF file has set a rectangular region for that as it was originally placed in some document. I cannot resize that image without resizing a bunch of other stuff and that may not be possible. PDF does nothing about scrolling stuff to the next page etc. All this is trivial in an XML-based system because the layout and the content are separated.

    PDF is great for sharing and archiving finished documents. It’s marginal as a format for routine use in offices where a document may live on for years constantly being modified. One does not even need to edit a PDF for forms. One can just print the blank form and fill it in with pen and ink. You could electronically distribute a modified PDF form but with more significant editing one risks producing a PDF that some cannot read, e.g. changing the paper size or specifying a font someone doesn’t have.

  3. wolfgang says:

    It is now much better than that, I think. Just today I download write PDF form for the client for Extra Help and Medicaid, and I can give the names and addresses and bank amounts and print it out and send it back. Only nothing but PDF and browser needed.

  4. wolfgang wrote, ” who needs ODF?”

    The people who create the documents. ODF is designed to be edited. PDF is virtually read-only for most people. e.g. lawyers often scan documents and put the images in PDF files, never intending the PDF to be edited.

  5. wolfgang says:

    Very interesting…

    but I can not see it from here. they all send me PDF documents, and I read with the browser. who needs ODF?

  6. oiaohm says:

    wolfgang Most countries national archives use ODF and PDF. DOC and OOXML(DOCX) are not acceptable long term storage yet due to format not being stable enough.
    http://www.naa.gov.au/about-us/organisation/accountability/operations-and-preservation/digital-preservation-policy.aspx#section8

    There are rules of digital preservation that all national archives share.

    ODF used by governments make national archives job simpler. As they can just store ODF. ODF has clean version markers.

    OOXML does not have clear format version markers.

    kurkosdr Microsoft is starting to pay price in the EU over there lack of ODF support.

    http://www.pcpro.co.uk/realworld/378232/making-sense-of-office-2013s-file-formats

    Yes Microsoft lack of ODF support gets down right funny. Yes MS Office 2013 is more Libreoffice compatible but totally 2007 and 2010 incompatible.

    Mind you MS Office 2013 can also save OOXML strict (yes it would still be tailed docx) That none of the prior MS Office versions can open.

    Yes the most compatible office suite is Libreoffice due to Microsoft making a complete hash of things.

  7. wolfgang wrote “Where is there still this ODF?”

    ODF is widely used for office productivity documents: text, presentations and spreadsheets. It is widely used in government in Europe and many other organizations and individuals because it is less costly and more stable than M$’s crappy standard. Folk wanting independence from M$ either start with the browsers or the office suite. Once ODF is implemented in an organization, there is little M$ can do to prevent them being lost from M$’s zombie army.

  8. wolfgang says:

    …PDF, ja, DOC, ja, DOCX, ja. Was ist ODF?…

    Where is there still this ODF?

  9. kurkosdr says:

    “M$ had to support ODF or lose entirely”

    Just the facts: They support ODF, but in a really broken way so it’s not really compatible with the standard ODF LibreOffice and OpenOffice uses. Think of how Internet Explorer supported HTML in a really broken way, or how MS made their Java incompatible with everyone else’s.

  10. dougman says:

    I knew Nadella would be the next CEO, but with BIlly and Ballmer aping his style, his role as the new CEO of M$ will be held on a tight leash.

    BG is old and outdated.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFlAE99Zz38

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