Bill Gates on Chrome OS and browsers

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates has revealed that he is "surprised people are acting like there's something new" in Google's recently announced Chrome operating system, during an interview with CNET News.

Just yesterday Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer also seemed to dismiss Chrome OS, although both Ballmer and Gates admitted that with Google saying so little about their latest project it is hard to know exactly what it will be and therefore discuss it in detail. "In any case, you should make them be concrete about what they're doing," Gates said in regards to the lack of information. "It is kind of a typical thing. When Google is doing anything it gets this - the more vague they are, the more interesting it is."

"[T]here's many, many forms of Linux operating systems out there, and packaged in different ways, and booted in different ways. So I don't know anything in particular about what Google is doing," the former Microsoft CEO said, going on to mention Google's Android mobile operating system as his successor also did yesterday, "in some ways I'm surprised people are acting like there's something new. I mean, you've got Android running on Netbooks; it's got a browser in it."

With their Chrome OS, Google is expected to give more focus to the browser with it taking on several aspects usualy attributed to the operating system. Microsoft has also been researching similar ideas. In regards to this Gates said, "It just shows the word browser has become a truly meaningless word. Anyway, what's a browser, what's not a browser? If you're playing a movie, is that a browser or not a browser? If you're doing annotations is that a browser or not a browser? If you're editing text, is that a browser or not a browser? In large part it's more an abuse of terminology than a real change."

Gates also had some comments on how he feels Microsoft is doing in his absence. "I'm always the one who thinks, gosh, why isn't Microsoft doing even more, because that's been my mindset, let's move fast, do new things very quickly," Gates said, "But, you have to say, whether it's Windows 7 that is a really excellent piece of work. I'd go so far as to say both compared to other operating systems, and compared to other generations of Windows, it's an extremely nice piece of work."

In regards to Microsoft Office, Gates said, "there's a lot about the new version that will get talked about in the next nine months or so." He also commented about Bing, saying, "people see Bing as a nice piece of work, really see us in the game, hiring really top people, and willing to try to do things some different ways."

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Eastwind said,
Agreed there...

About Bing... Actually Bing currently only operates in USA. Other "Bings" around the world are not real Bing, they are just newly skinned same old Live Search (well, that's an insider info)

o.O REALLY? damn!

Let's get something straight. Gates is a true technology genius. Jobs is an excellent salesman. I guarantee Gates understands the technology behind the scenes better than Jobs does. Jobs is a pitchman. Same holds true for Ballmer. Pitchman. Nothing more.
You ever see gates SAT scores?

Gates' comment about what is and isn't a browser is the funniest thing in the whole interview. Why? Because it was Microsoft that started the trend when they merged Internet Explorer and Windows Explorer with the desktop in Windows 98!

roadwarrior said,
Gates' comment about what is and isn't a browser is the funniest thing in the whole interview. Why? Because it was Microsoft that started the trend when they merged Internet Explorer and Windows Explorer with the desktop in Windows 98!

That was an unintentional side effect of trying to destroy the competition (netscape).

liberatus_sum said,
That was an unintentional side effect of trying to destroy the competition (netscape).

Ummm....MS didn't really need help killing off Netscape. Netscape did a real good job killing itself.

MS working the internet into the desktop was NOT competing with Netscape. It was part of a grander redefinition of what the web can be. Netscape was still a world wide web trapped in a window.

lordcanti86 said,
Ummm....MS didn't really need help killing off Netscape. Netscape did a real good job killing itself.


But the heart and soul of Netscape is still with us! Remember where Firefox came from.

Heh, this just degenerated into a flamefest. People treat these guys as celebrities. I don't care about them. I care about their technologies. Which goes back to the main question. What exactly is new about ChromeOS that would warrant this type of hype? Or is this just a brand issue? It's from Google...it must be revolutionary?

who cares about what we know or what we don't know of ChromeOS?! Little Billy Gates here got you all confused with his mind games... of course we don't know anything about ChromeOS, we don't need to... we just like the idea that Windows FINALLY has some serious competition. That's what it was all about in the first place.

dnagroove said,
who cares about what we know or what we don't know of ChromeOS?! Little Billy Gates here got you all confused with his mind games... of course we don't know anything about ChromeOS, we don't need to... we just like the idea that Windows FINALLY has some serious competition. That's what it was all about in the first place.

I for some reason couldn't devise how big this "ChromOS" is some serious competition without us knowing anything more than Gates already knew.

dnagroove said,
who cares about what we know or what we don't know of ChromeOS?! Little Billy Gates here got you all confused with his mind games... of course we don't know anything about ChromeOS, we don't need to... we just like the idea that Windows FINALLY has some serious competition. That's what it was all about in the first place.

ChromeOS won't even remotely be competition for Windows. Maybe against other free OSes like linux distros and the likes. Or (assuming its highly polished and functional) it could be a decent OS for netbooks. It'll never threat MS on the desktop segment.

dnagroove said,
who cares about what we know or what we don't know of ChromeOS?! Little Billy Gates here got you all confused with his mind games... of course we don't know anything about ChromeOS, we don't need to... we just like the idea that Windows FINALLY has some serious competition. That's what it was all about in the first place.


To compete with Windows, an alternative OS must be able to RUN Windows software, otherwise it hasn't got a chance.

Or, to put it another way, to compete with Windows, one must BECOME Windows.

Its funny, people these days don't have the time to see what they are talking about before calling it all sorts of names such as useless, waste of time, blah blah. How about do something useful with your time and come back with your amazing insights when you have actually had the chance to take a look at what you are talking about ?

I saw 2 generations of "forum-culture" and I thought I'm in the 3rd one, but apparently I'm still in the 2nd... what culture? see below:

1. ppl start complaining
2. ppl start complaining those who complains
3. ppl still complains but no one complains about ppl that complains.

It's quite hard for #3 cuz all we need is to have 1 person started with #2, and ppl (like me) would do the same. It's so infectious!

JDonner said,
The comments here remind me of people years ago on the Linux newsgroups claiming how good Linux was, while posting their newsgroup messages with Outlook(Express), hell did they know that you can actually check the message properties...

In other words; don't come here bashing Microsoft and its people, while typing your post on a Microsoft operating system...sigh


You are so right...

It's like people talking wonders about Apple without even having an iPod/iPhone or a Mac. And doing it like the people you talked about, from Windows computers...

Hmm, the vagueness is a point (on Chrome OS). Microsoft's weakness has probably been marketing (they seem to be getting better). Gates still makes good points about software and the abuse of the term browser. I still respect him professionally. Also come on, loads of people here have said how good Windows 7 is, just in beta, he should be happy!

Is there going to be a Europe version of Chrome OS without a browser? Because, hey, a browser is not an integral part of an operating system.

Xeron said,
Is there going to be a Europe version of Chrome OS without a browser? Because, hey, a browser is not an integral part of an operating system.

Héhé!
+1

Well...let's be honest here...

Major corporations are not going to be using Google as their operating system. Bill has nothing to fear.

What Bill needs to fear is the possibility if Windows 7 does not get accepted by companies and individual users...he will have a serious problem on his hands.

"I'm always the one who thinks, gosh, why isn't Microsoft doing even more, because that's been my mindset, let's move fast, do new things very quickly," Gates said

Hence, why under your term, the only truly stable OS was Windows 98 SE.

This man just needs to lrn2lvitalone. Jealousy at its finest.

I dunno, I tend to agree. I don't really understand getting so excited about an OS that we know absolutely nothing about aside from the fact that it's yet another version of Linux... I'm really lost here. I've just never gotten so worked up over something I don't know anything about... :-\

You're late to the party. :P

It seems everytime someone makes a modification off Unix (Ubuntu, Crunchbang, OpenSuse, OS X) everyone just goes ape**** crazy over them.

I get what you mean.

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