Bill Gates, for an executive with more than twenty years in the public eye, is surprisingly ill-disciplined as an interviewee. In a Q&A with Newsweek's Steven Levy, he loses his cool and strays off message when asked about Apple's latest TV spot, which mocks Microsoft's new Vista operating system.
I've never seen it. I don't think the over 90 percent of the [population] who use Windows PCs think of themselves as dullards, or the kind of klutzes that somebody is trying to say they are. And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it's superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say? Does honesty matter in these things, or if you're really cool, that means you get to be a lying person whenever you feel like it? There's not even the slightest shred of truth to it. [Bill Gates, on Apple's latest commercial, which compares an upgrade to Microsoft's Vista operating system to major surgery.]