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Bill Gates gets a product demo
From: Anthony Bay
Sent: Saturday, December 4, 1999 3:20 PM
To: Mike Beckerman; John Martin; Kenneth Goto; Dave Fester; Jonathan Gear; Will Poole; Kurt Buecheler; Chadd Knowlton; Linda Averett; Ian Mercer; Kate Seekings; Sheldon Fisher; Kevin La Chapelle; Kurt Hunter
Cc: Anthony Bay’s Extended Staff; Craig Eisler
Subject: RE: BillG demos this Friday afternoon
some additional comments.
a. we have come a long way in terms of how bill feels about the player. he feels the current player is very weak and has been vocal on that in the past. he didn’t have any of those type of comments this time. so we have gotten from we suck to we are OK based on current progress of cyprus release. and we aren’t done yet with either its feature set or its Ul. but we all have to understand that he (and the market) won’t evaluate us on how much better we are than the current player, or CD Deluxe, but rather how we compare to the competition.
b. bill was comfortable with the feature set, with the exception of making it easy to add a plug in for ripping to MP3 or other formats within the media center.. as opposed to migrating to another app. he is fine if this is delivered by a 3rd party, but ericr felt we should write the plug-in and distribute that code to key partners so we knew it worked right. interesting suggestion to think about.
c. bill wasn’t excited about the Ul. he wonders if we can’t do something much sexier, feels microsoft is boring. also didn’t like the implementation of the anchor at all. we should definitely look for ways to make wmp sexier without becoming more cluttered.
d. bill liked the idea of take5 as it scrolled the user thru what’s new. i think we can do a lot here with wm.com and the guide. but bill is also clear that we are a technology partner and referral engine for sites using windows media, not a media network. so we need to continue to walk the line of great guide and search but not taking over the user experience from the media companies/ICPs.
e. bill played with iMovie. had some bumps but in general feels that will be the benchmark user experience for moviemaker. i explained they are DV only and we are both analog and DV. i also don’t understand how QT fits into iMovie. whoever did the demo told him that iMovie isn’t using QT as the native format.
f as mike mentions, bill was very intrigued with napster. pointed out that it is an alternative to having to rip songs from CDs you already owned. mentioned that for him, with high speed internet connection, he would prefer to just grab the songs he already owns off the net rather than having to rip them himself. interesting idea. discussion about how we could do this while respecting rights management. ericr feels the peer to peer infrastructure is already there vis messenger and we should look to be creative on this.
[This document is from Comes v. Microsoft (2007).]
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