Gates Breaks a Business Rule

What rule is that? Don’t mention the competition outright to the press.

Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates says Apple Computer Inc. shouldn’t get too comfortable atop the portable music playing world.

“I don’t think the success of the iPod can continue in the long term, however good Apple may be,” the chairman of Microsoft, the world’s biggest maker of computer software, was quoted as telling German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in an interview published Thursday.

“I think you can draw parallels here with the computer — here, too, Apple was once extremely strong with its Macintosh and graphic user interface, like with the iPod today, and then lost its position.”

However true that statement may be, Gates is not one to talk about his competitors by name to the press. Usually, he’ll make sweeping statements about the ‘industry’ and certain ‘product categories’ and such, but he doesn’t typically paint an ‘us verses them’ picture like he’s done here.

Seems like someone in in Cupertino, California is annoying someone in Redmond, Washington a bit more than usual. 

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