Re: Bill Gates mentions Linux

Joachim Feise (
Tue, 10 Mar 1998 22:12:53 -0800

spunkanado wrote:
> On Tue, 10 Mar 1998, Joachim Feise wrote:
> >
> > You forget that these drivers only exist because people complained.
> > MS did not provide these drivers when Office 97 came out.
> > The same holds for the 'save as Word95' option in Word97. Files were *not* saved
> > in Word95 format, but in RTF, which caused some formatting to vanish. MS *had*
> > to provide the correct driver after people complained and threatened to switch
> > to the competitor's product, which (fortunately) still exists.
> Ah so younow admit that MS listens to its customers and revises its
> products to included asked for funtions???

I guess if enough "normal" people complain. We don't count.

> Man, the evil empire is so nasty. I mean they actualy take customer
> feedback and use it. Fuck, we cant have that, I mean people might actualy
> USE thier products and put some industry wonks in a bad light.

Hey, it's their money. Office is the MS cash cow, not some OS or Internet
On another occasion, they also listened: The nice common controls that came with
IE are now available for redistribution outside of IE. Ok, so it took them 1/2
year, and a lawsuit threat. Maybe that's the only way to get them to listen to
their customers.