Bill Gates stated something to the effect that if General Motors had kept up to the computer industry, they should have a car that costs $25 and gets 1000 kilometers to the litre or some such statement along those lines.

In response to Bill's comments, General Motors issued a press release stating:

If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:

  1. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car!
  2. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash twice a day.
  3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason.You would have to pull over to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue. For some reason you would simply accept this.
  4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.
  5. Only one person at a time could use the car unless you bought "CarNT," but then you would have to buy more seats.
  6. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive but would only run on five percent of the roads.
  7. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single "General Protection Fault" warning light.
  8. New seats would force everyone to have the same- sized butt.
  9. Rand McNally road maps (Now a GM subsidiary), even though they neither need nor want them. Attempting to delete this option would immediately cause the cars performance to diminish by 50% or more.
  10. Moreover, GM would become a target for investigation by the Justice Dept.
  11. Every time GM introduced a new car, car buyers would have to learn to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.
  12. You'd have to press the "Start" button to turn the engine off.
Revised 2013 by Larry Gentleman