Vista Launch: Bill Gates on Daily Show

Thanks to Steve Sinchak of Tweak Vista who uploaded these 2 videos of Bill Gates appearing on the Daily Show to talk with Jon Stewart about the launch of Windows Vista.


Video: Bill Gates on the Daily Show - Part 1


Video: Bill Gates on the Daily Show - Part 2

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I wish i got a free ultimate copy oh well that was hilarious especially the password part "Is it Gates? I'll tell you later."
Oh and the "call me" part too!

LMFAO John Rocks! JAJAJAJAJA

The pets part was the best lmao! oh lord! the rest of my night just got fixed!

BTW, the free copy is an "Upgrade" lol.. cheap Billy!

Bill was very relaxed and had a few comical replies to questions as well. Couldn't have gone any better, in my opinion.

Nice interview, indeed he seemed happy. And they both had a good laugh.

For all the Bill-bashers: do as much as Bill Gates does on charity, and we'll talk again. For the time being, stfu...

The one thing I thought was a little shifty was when John called him on the launch time: "5 years ago people were using the abacus". Bill's response "This normally takes 2-5 years" is only true because Vista doubled the previous longest wait between releases.

I'm not sure whether he was downplaying the upgrades they've made to XP over the last half-decade to make it seem like this is a more substantial upgrade, or downplaying the painfully long development cycle but it seemed a little uncertain. I guess it would have been hard to have it both ways "We've been keeping our old products up to date with patches and upgrades. It took a while but you'll defiantly find X, Y, and Z in Vista are worth it".

Bill Gates was remarkably on-message the whole time: impressive for an interview with John Stewart. For nearly anybody else it would have been 10 minutes of chat about anything but the movie/book/war/product the guest is there for. Good game Bill: well played.

the evn show said,
I'm not sure whether he was downplaying the upgrades they've made to XP over the last half-decade to make it seem like this is a more substantial upgrade, or downplaying the painfully long development cycle but it seemed a little uncertain. I guess it would have been hard to have it both ways "We've been keeping our old products up to date with patches and upgrades. It took a while but you'll defiantly find X, Y, and Z in Vista are worth it".

I don't believe he downplayed the development cycle at all. When he mentioned getting direct feedback from 5M beta testers and families around the world, it was a synopsis of a very important point that was made at the initial launch. As a developer who designs software for service management processes and has to deal with the end users, I can certainly appreciate the extended research and development effort put into the Vista product.

Basically, quality programming takes time and I, for one, am glad they didn't rush this to the market before it was ready.

Glen said,
Basically, quality programming takes time and I, for one, am glad they didn't rush this to the market before it was ready.

Getting a ton of feedback is one thing, getting worthwhile feedback another, and doing something with that feedback is yet another. With my ~5 hours of playing with Vista I can't say that it lives up to a what I'd expect from a $300, 5-year in the making, multi-billion upgrade. Some of the things I've enountered really do feel like oversites in the interest of getting it out the door on time (as opposed to the design choices that were made early on and will likely never change).

It's probable that you and I have different standards for, and different metrics by which we judge quality.

the evn show said,

Getting a ton of feedback is one thing, getting worthwhile feedback another, and doing something with that feedback is yet another. With my ~5 hours of playing with Vista I can't say that it lives up to a what I'd expect from a $300, 5-year in the making, multi-billion upgrade. Some of the things I've enountered really do feel like oversites in the interest of getting it out the door on time (as opposed to the design choices that were made early on and will likely never change).

It's probable that you and I have different standards for, and different metrics by which we judge quality.

I'd say it's more of a half-empty vs. half-full perspective, and expectations. My experience has taught me that quality != perfect, and you can't impliment everything you'd like. No matter how much you want to give the user all the great features they want, at some point the project manager is going to slap you upside the head and tell you to just get it done.

Now, since the original topic had to do with marketing, let me ask you this. Have you ever seen a product that lived up to it's marketing hype?

I have to say, I think this is one of the best interviews I've ever seen with Bill. He seemed to happy, cool, and collected and didn't seem nervous like in past interviews or speeches that I've seen him do. Go Bill! Vista ROCKS!

Stewart did not ask very appropriate questions. I know it's a comedy show, but Bill was there for one reason and one reason alone: to promote Vista. They talked about it for the first minute or two, but then Stewart started talking about Bill's password and other useless crap. It wasn't a BAD interview, it just didn't accomplish the goal of promoting the world's next major operating system.

SkyyPunk said,
Neat to see a more laid back interview with him about it, instead of just a media/promotional thing (though this sort of is, not to the same extent)

^what he said. He probably spent the rest of the night promoting Vista, it's good to see a more personal/laid back view of him than just a business view. I think the interview was alright, it wasn't special or anything but I certainly don't think it was bad.

oqwarrior said,
Stewart did not ask very appropriate questions. I know it's a comedy show, but Bill was there for one reason and one reason alone: to promote Vista. They talked about it for the first minute or two, but then Stewart started talking about Bill's password and other useless crap. It wasn't a BAD interview, it just didn't accomplish the goal of promoting the world's next major operating system.
So, they talked about Windows in general in the second half instead of Widows Vista all the time. Holy crap, someone call the PR Police!

That's John Stewart's interview style: He makes jokes. He diverts you from the task of being serious.

If you don't like it, go watch something where they ask serious, hard-hitting questions and they all look like they're trying to crack a walnut with their butt-cheeks. (You know, of course, that now that I've said this the next bit they'll air on the Daily Show will feature someone humorously attempting to actually crack some sort of nut with some collection of butt-cheekage).

As for Bill Gates... you appear to have not read between the lines, young grashopper. Bill Gates has reached the point in his life where he's ready to move on from Microsoft. Why do you think he agreed to do this interview in the first place? It's just another sign that he's moving on from tech word. (Your first clue should have been when he announced his retirement from the tech world a while back. That was easy to miss, though: It was only on every major news media in the world for a few days.) He's trying things that are outside the usually "techie" culture. (Hands up anyone who thinks that publicly appearing on a nationally syndicated comedy/interview show qualifies as usual for a tech-head? Anyone? anyone at all?)

oqwarrior said,
Stewart did not ask very appropriate questions. I know it's a comedy show, but Bill was there for one reason and one reason alone: to promote Vista. They talked about it for the first minute or two, but then Stewart started talking about Bill's password and other useless crap. It wasn't a BAD interview, it just didn't accomplish the goal of promoting the world's next major operating system.

IMHO, I thought this was a good interview because of the fact that it wasn't very serious. I thought it was great that Bill wasn't going on about technical details, which we've already seen on the Live Vista Launch webcast. I'm not saying Bill is boring when he's talking technical, but I think he does it far too often.

I've gotta say, I was a bit disappointed by this interview. I was hoping for at least a demonstration (so we could see it screw up :P ), but it was a lot less entertaining than I would expect from a big Stewart interview.

lamest interview by a human.

Jon gave gates 100's of cue for him to roll into a nice comical interview. but there were only lame replies.
billyg even rudely walked off the set without talking to Jon or asking "Do i stay for some minutes or go?".

Take off your fanboy glasses ppl.

kyro said,
lamest interview by a human.

Jon gave gates 100's of cue for him to roll into a nice comical interview. but there were only lame replies.
billyg even rudely walked off the set without talking to Jon or asking "Do i stay for some minutes or go?".

Take off your fanboy glasses ppl.

:rolleyes:

Bill Gates/Microsoft bashing is so cool.......can I touch you?

Bill Gates was about to release a product that will have a huge effect on the ENTIRE WORLD for the rest of this decade. Im pretty sure he didnt have the time to just sit around and smile at the camera after the interview. He didnt make his billions by just sitting around doing nothing.

I think it was perfectly normal interview beside the walking off part but he probably he had a good reason for it, it's not like he was in New York just to go on a talk show, he's a busy man. And just because were not trying to make fun Bill Gates doesn't make us fan boys, grow up.

i think it all went amazing, and the questions asked were really great too, until the end when bill just got up and walked off. that was kind of awkward. but i suppose hes not used to do doing shows like the daily show so he probably thought the camera cut off right away.

Bill walked away cause saying bye and trying to get out of there got him nervous. Thats one of the Scenic Fears' symptoms. He really wanted to get off the cam's lenses already. But he managed it pretty well at th beggining...

Neat to see a more laid back interview with him about it, instead of just a media/promotional thing (though this sort of is, not to the same extent)

What a nice guy, it makes me feel bad that they put so much effort into making Vista even though it's going to suck I hope they get it right next OS.

I'll watch the show later, first I must post this. Good job on not delivering Vista Ultimate Full to any BestBuy stores in Canada. What an experience so far...

ambiance said,
I'll watch the show later, first I must post this. Good job on not delivering Vista Ultimate Full to any BestBuy stores in Canada. What an experience so far...

That would be best buy's problem with not ordering them, not MS's

Some other news shows you see the person pretty much leave immediatly so I think he thought that's what he's supposed to do. Also keep in mind it was the day before official launch, I'm sure he had a ton of shtuff to do.

Yagi said,
Some other news shows you see the person pretty much leave immediatly so I think he thought that's what he's supposed to do. Also keep in mind it was the day before official launch, I'm sure he had a ton of shtuff to do.

Yeah, with Windows Vista out today, he's probably the busiest person on earth right now, so I don't really hold that against him. Stewart and Colbert had fun with it afterwards anyways =P

~Weed

I'm sure Bill has been on enough talk shows by now that he knows the drill. If he walks out at the end then its probably because he had good reason to (i.e. busy, in a rush).

Good interview though. Makes him seem a lot more cool and casual than he is normally made out to be.

ya I thought it was kind of rude too, If I was on the Dialy Show Id wanna stay and chill with Jon Stewart but then again Id also be really nervous and I might do something spntanious like walk off. But I'm sure he wasn't in New York just to go on the Daily Show and he had plenty of other stuff to do, nervous or just busy I'm sure he had a good reason and we shouldn't be so harsh on judging him because he probably doesn't go on comedy talk shows too often anyways.

killa101 said,
I'm sure Bill has been on enough talk shows by now that he knows the drill. If he walks out at the end then its probably because he had good reason to (i.e. busy, in a rush).

Good interview though. Makes him seem a lot more cool and casual than he is normally made out to be.

Obviously, this means that Bill Gates does NOT watch the Daily Show. How sad.

He mentioned at the beginning that he had to be at another Vista Launch event in London. While I thought it was kind of rude, I then realized that I would probably have done something like that if I was nervous and in a rush.

He shook hands with Jon and gestured everyone "bye" with his right hand before leaving. What did you want him to do? Say "Oh! I have a plane to catch. Good bye. Love you all! *kisses* Please buy!"? :confused:

Jebadiah said,
He shook hands with Jon and gestured everyone "bye" with his right hand before leaving. What did you want him to do? Say "Oh! I have a plane to catch. Good bye. Love you all! *kisses* Please buy!"? :confused:

On most shows, people usually stick around until the show actually ends. Besides, it's not like we're bashing him for it. People just thought it was an awkward moment. Lighten up.

How about "What does the F12 button do? Does it do something to someone elses computer?" LOL I cracked up through that entire video. Not everyone gets to have fun with Bill Gates in a comical fashion.