Melinda Gates Wants an iPhone: After They’ve Boosted all the Rest…

But Bill is, unsurpisingly, against it:

Microsoft founder head Bill Gates has banned the use of products made by arch-rival Apple from his house, his wife has revealed.

But the blockade could backfire on Gates, 53, after Melinda admitted there are times she feels envious of her friends’ iPhones.

She told Vogue magazine that the couple’s three children Jennifer, 13, Rory, 10 and Phoebe, seven, are not allowed Apple products.

‘There are very few things that are on the banned list in our household,’ she said.

‘But iPods and iPhones are two things we don’t get for our kids.’

Like any forbidden fruit, however, Mrs Gates, 44, admitted that some Apple products do have the power to tempt her.

‘Every now and then I look at my friends and say ‘Ooh, I wouldn’t mind having that iPhone,’ she admitted.

As my old Texas A&M school hymn says, “After they’ve boosted all the rest/They will come and join the best.”

It’s interesting to note that, back at the start, Gates used Unix as inspiration for DOS.  About twenty years later, Steve Jobs used FreeBSD Unix as the base for Mac OS X.  Microsoft would go a long way to digging itself out of its security/efficiency hole by using a Unix as a base and developing a “compatibility mode” (like Mac Classic) for its legacy applications.  That’s more a “technical/under the hood” type of obsevation (as opposed to the ergonomic and stylistic appeal of things such as iPhones) but Microsoft needs to start somewhere.

Keeping iPhones out of the house will only delay the inevitable…

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