Taking rivalry with Apple to home, Microsoft founder Bill Gates has forbidden the use of Apple products, including iPhones and iPods, from his household, the billionaire’s wife, Melinda Gates revealed.
In her recent interview, titled “Gates of Heaven”, with the Vogue magazine, Mrs. Gates said, “There are very few things that are on the banned list in our household. But iPods and iPhones are two things we don’t get for our kids”.
The information has raised giggles in the blogosphere, with people speculating that the Gates’ three children, Jennifer, Rory, and Phoebe, must be using phones powered by Windows Mobile platform, and listen to their favourite tracks on Microsoft’s Zune music players.
Rivalry between Apple and Microsoft, and Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, is well renowned, but the duo has made great efforts to hide the hostility between them, and the paired had appeared last time together at a conference in 2007, which was portrayed by the journalists as a “love fest”.
However, Mrs. Gates admitted to be influenced by Apple’s blockbuster iPhone handset, and asserted that she “wouldn't mind having that iPhone”.
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It is unlikely that Mr Gates would have allowed his family to use its fiercest competitor's products for fear that they might just love it too much (or that he might become a convert). Microsoft doesn't have a ban in the company when it comes to owning competing products. Actually, it might be quite useful for them to learn how designers of rival products think when designing a successful product.
(The Sydney Morning Herald)