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July 14, 2006 at 11:33 AM

Fightin’ words, or bettin’ words at least, for Gates

Wil Shipley, the chief executive of Seattle-based Mac developer Delicious Monster, posts an open letter to Bill Gates betting him $10,000 that Vista won’t ship by January. Gates recently said there was an 80 percent chance that Microsoft’s next operating system would be ready by then.

Shipley posts on his blog:

Because you know that, if you’re lucky, in January you’re going to squirm and weasel and release a “limited version” that you “recommend” only for, uh, say, professional IT guys who only have one eye, and suicide kings. Then, when you get a bunch of press on how crappy that version of Vista is, you’ll quietly cut more and more features from it until you end up with the “home” version, which will look mysteriously like XP with some new paint.

But what do I know? You’re the billionaire, I’m just some dude with a blog and a fistful of design awards.

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