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All Apple Products Forbidden in Bill Gates' Family

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All Apples are bad Apples, according to the Gates family.

Even though Bill Gates is no longer the CEO of Microsoft, he and his family are still attached to the legacy of products that he helped bring to the market are the company that he founded.

One of Bill's new focuses is with his wife in work on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The New York Times had a chance to briefly talk with Melinda Gates, and one of the topics she was asked about was whether or not Apple products exist inside the Gates' household. In a word, the answer is a stern "No." Here's the entire exchange:

Do you own an iPod, which is made by Apple?

No, I have a Zune.

What if one of your children says, “Mom, I have to have an iPod?”

I have gotten that argument — “You may have a Zune.”

Do you have an iPad?

Of course not.

Is it true that Bill works on an Apple laptop?

False. Nothing crosses the threshold of our doorstep.

Isn’t there room in this world for both Apple and Microsoft?

Microsoft certainly makes products for the Macintosh. Go talk to Bill.

We don't expect there to be any Windows PC products inside Steve Jobs' home, so this isn't all that surprising.

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    adamboy64 , October 26, 2010 6:07 AM
    That makes him a good father.
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    calmstateofmind , October 26, 2010 6:25 AM
    "We don't expect there to be any Windows PC
    products inside Steve Jobs' home, so this isn't all that surprising."

    Then why is this news?
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    Khimera2000 , October 26, 2010 7:13 AM
    Jobs has a PC in his house... it has a mac logo on the side, and linux installed, uses all kinds of PC hardware, with a really locked up librariy that makes everything look special, I think they call it OSX or something like that.
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  • 45 Hide
    adamboy64 , October 26, 2010 6:07 AM
    That makes him a good father.
  • 31 Hide
    calmstateofmind , October 26, 2010 6:25 AM
    "We don't expect there to be any Windows PC
    products inside Steve Jobs' home, so this isn't all that surprising."

    Then why is this news?
  • 24 Hide
    theshonen8899 , October 26, 2010 6:28 AM
    calmstateofmind"We don't expect there to be any Windows PCproducts inside Steve Jobs' home, so this isn't all that surprising."Then why is this news?


    Agreed. What was the point of this article?
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    tacoslave , October 26, 2010 6:44 AM
    this is hella old
  • 16 Hide
    makwy2 , October 26, 2010 6:45 AM
    Surprising. Not.

    Also, why is the NYT interviewing Melinda Gates about Apple products? They ought to be focusing on all the work the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation does to help solve common problems plaguing humanity, like Malaria and Diabetes. Instead of focusing on the inane we ought to be talking about the extraordinary!
  • 22 Hide
    micr0be , October 26, 2010 6:45 AM
    as much as i love bashing apple, i agree that the article has no purpose other than to create a fanboy war.

    kind of disappointing.
  • 17 Hide
    bachok83 , October 26, 2010 6:46 AM
    Using competitor's products is very risky. You might like some features and before you know it, you would put similar feature in your products (consciously or subconsciously).

    In summary, lawsuit.
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    liveonc , October 26, 2010 6:55 AM
    An Apple a day keeps the Windows away. Sad, but half true. It's not even about pride, it's a matter of survival. Jobs does it too, he just doesn't admit that selling an iPhone that loses it's signal & has many design flaws meant he didn't use it himself.
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    stm1185 , October 26, 2010 7:12 AM
    Just because they are rich enough to waste money on Itunes or Mac's does not mean they will. Buying a kid a Zune is teaching them to get the technically superior and cost effective option over popularity and image.
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    Khimera2000 , October 26, 2010 7:13 AM
    Jobs has a PC in his house... it has a mac logo on the side, and linux installed, uses all kinds of PC hardware, with a really locked up librariy that makes everything look special, I think they call it OSX or something like that.
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    JOSHSKORN , October 26, 2010 7:49 AM
    and Toms is just now figuring this out? I've known this for years that Bill has no Apple products in his house.
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    cloudberry , October 26, 2010 7:52 AM
    TA152HGates is still Gates in his house. Forget what people want, just monopolize and force people to use junk they wouldn't otherwise want to. A leopard can't change his spots. Considering how often Microsoft finds itself trying to copy Apple, you'd think the higher ups would have loads of Apple stuff. Maybe that's why they're not too successful at it most of the time. They just better hope Jobs doesn't introduce a trendy game machine (kind of makes you wonder why he hasn't, yet). Microsoft will have to leave that market too, although their RRoD certainly is very happening and hip.


    This is an interview with the missus, if you didn't bother to read. Either that or you're just inferring more than you should be doing out of this article.
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    jskilnyk , October 26, 2010 8:02 AM
    I really hope this isn't a surprise to anyone.
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    firebee1991 , October 26, 2010 8:03 AM
    I love how everybody complains when Tom's posts anything positive about Apple, then they complain when Tom's bashes Apple. They're just catering to what you guys are making clear that you want, so go easy on them.
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    kronos_cornelius , October 26, 2010 8:08 AM
    Finally, Gates and I have something in common.
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    x3style , October 26, 2010 9:04 AM
    Quote:
    We don't expect there to be any Windows PC products inside Steve Jobs' home, so this isn't all that surprising.


    Jobs uses Windows 7!

    That would be a bummer.
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    alyoshka , October 26, 2010 9:11 AM
    That's really one big bad apple............ :) 
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