2013: The year in memorable tech industry quotes

With 2013 rapidly coming to a close, we thought it might be a good idea to look back at some of the more memorable quotes made by people and companies in relation to the tech industry in the past 12 months. We don't pretend that this is a definitive list, but it should give a pretty good look at some of the major themes that were covered by tech news outlets in 2013.

Not welcome

"For the record, The 5 Point is the first Seattle business to ban in advance Google Glasses. And a** kickings will be encouraged for violators."

The 5 Point Cafe Facebook page, which became the first known business to flat out ban the use of Google's wearable tech: March 8, 2013

He's very busy

"I don't mow the lawn."

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates on how he finds the time to do all the charity work that he does: May 15th, 2013

Is he going to cry?

"(Microsoft was) inter-operating with us but not doing the reverse, which is really sad."

Google CEO Larry Page, on his opinion of Microsoft adding Google Talk support to Outlook.com: May 15, 2013

Xbox One owners don't need offline features

"...fortunately we have a product for people who aren't able to get some form of connectivity, it's called Xbox 360."

Now former Microsoft Interactive Entertainment head Don Mattrick when asked about Xbox One's Internet connection requirements that were later reversed: June 12, 2013

Don't call it a comeback

"I think it will re-emerge, but perhaps with a bit more sophistication. We were just a bit ahead of our time, like most of our mistakes."

Bill Gates again, this time offering the idea, with some humor, that the failed Microsoft Bob program could be relaunched: July 15, 2013

Which way is the right way?

"They're confused; they chased after netbooks. They tried to make tablets into PCs and PCs into tablets."

Apple CEO Tim Cook on the current hardware themes of their competition (i. e. Microsoft): October 22, 2013

Um....what?

"For others, you might now be running in your head to a well worn path of justified resistance, phoning up the ol’ gang, circling the hippocampian wagons of amygdalian resistance. Hold on a sec, pilgrim."

Part of an internal Yahoo memo sent to employees trying to get them to use Yahoo Mail instead of Microsoft Outlook: November 24, 2013

The future or futuristic snake oil?

"I know this looks like science fiction; it's not".

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, describing Amazon Prime Air, which he claims will be delivering small packages to homes via remote octocopter drones in about four or five years: December 1, 2013

Most people might agree

"That was the single biggest mistake I made."

Steve Ballmer when asked about the lowest point during his tenure as CEO of Microsoft, referring to the development and release of Longhorn-Windows Vista: December 11, 2013

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rr_dRock said,
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Indeed, it's all the sheep farting.

Can't wait to read the comments like
" I still use Vista" ,
"Vista was an amazing OS",
"Vista runs just fine on my old P4 with 2GB ram" ,
"Dont understand the fuss about Vista",
"Why would Ballmer say that? Vista was ahead of its time"
and goes on

It is a trend making posts like these, from the comfort of 7 and 8.

0nyX said,
Can't wait to read the comments like
" I still use Vista" ,
"Vista was an amazing OS",
"Vista runs just fine on my old P4 with 2GB ram" ,
"Dont understand the fuss about Vista",
"Why would Ballmer say that? Vista was ahead of its time"
and goes on

It is a trend making posts like these, from the comfort of 7 and 8.


What was wrong with Vista? It ran perfectly provided it had decent hardware and proper drivers which was unfortunately lacking when it launched. Most people whining about performance either attempted to install it on systems with only 512MB of RAM along with WDDM incompatible cards or simply brought PCs with 1gig bloated with oem crap. Most manufacturers sold underpowered hardware that tarnished Vista's reputation. It was indeed ahead of its time with all the new core technologies but the media just kept bashing it.

Pretty much the same would have happened if Windows 7 was released in Vista's era. Quit complaining already.

vista only ran well after SP1 when they fixed a lot of the large bugs.

im not talking about the driver issues im talking about playing media over network caused the video to stop, systems not coming out of sleep, problems with wireless etc.

Vista was also really unoptimised, it had massive memory usage, vista used 1GB after installation (RTM) win7 used 500MB. At the time Microsoft recommended just throwing RAM at it 2GB when at the time businesses were averaging 512MB.

I think Steve is not talking so much about how it bombed/flopped on release more the fact that it was a terribly mis-managed project (longhorn) it should of had a much faster turn around, which in turn led to XP being around for a lot longer which in turn has made it a lot harder for MS to push organisations into updating their products.

REM2000 said,

im not talking about the driver issues im talking about playing media over network caused the video to stop, systems not coming out of sleep, problems with wireless etc.

Those are all issues that are more common for driver-bugs than for Windows itselfs.

The issue was that a lot of people (and OEM's) were trying to run an OS on hardware that was originally designed for XP, even pre-XP.

Yea at RTM it was iffy (bugs, drivers, etc), but as it stands now Vista is actually quite good, I'd take it over XP any day... just with Windows 7+ there's no real reason to use it anymore as they're even better.

i would agree to a point, i agree that Vista especially with SP2 is perfectly serviceable, although generally recommend people run at least 7 for the productivity and performance enhancements, if they are open minded i say go for 8 as i personally love the performance, look and productivity of 8.1.

I guess his point was that Vista wasn't bad at all but they could have used all that time developing mobile OS which could be Vista like because Vista or 7 were really skin on the top of windows XP with some enhanced, optimized functionality and pretty aero glass theme of course.