Apple’s iPad may be taking the world by storm and have overtaken Microsoft in market cap, but some things regarding Apple aren’t changing: Apple products are still banned in the home of Bill and Melinda Gates. Melinda confirmed in a New Times interview last week the same family policy in place in March 2009. In March last year Melinda addressed the issue in an interview with Vogue Magazine:

“There are very few things that are on the banned list in our household,” said Melinda Gates, who has three children, Jennifer, 13, Rory, 10, and Phoebe, seven, with husband Bill.

“But iPods and iPhones are two things we don’t get for our kids,” she said.

Gates, 44, admitted that she would love to own Apple’s addictive, application-loaded iPhone, despite her obvious loyalty to the Microsoft brand.

“Every now and then I look at my friends and say, ‘Ooh, I wouldn’t mind having that iPhone,'” she told Vogue.

In last week’s interview, Melinda was less positive about Apple and emphatic about their family loyalty to the Zune. Her responses to the interviewer are in bold below:

Do you own an iPod, which is made by Apple?
No, I have a Zune.

What if one of your children says, “Mom, I have to have an iPod?”
I have gotten that argument — “You may have a Zune.”

Do you have an iPad?
Of course not.

Is it true that Bill works on an Apple laptop?
False. Nothing [made by Apple] crosses the threshold of our doorstep.

Isn’t there room in this world for both Apple and Microsoft?
Microsoft certainly makes products for the Macintosh. Go talk to Bill.

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If my kids wanted a Microsoft product, like a Zune or a Windows laptop, I’d certainly try and buy one for them. That hasn’t happened to date, however. We do own a Dell Mini10 laptop in our home which can boot into three operating systems, including Windows 7, but none of my kids like running it with Windows. Of course, they haven’t had nearly as many experiences with Windows operating systems… in general I think it’s a good thing to avoid environments where malware is rampant. I understand (I think) why it would be a PR-gaffe for the Gates children to use and love iOS devices. I feel a little sad for them, however. Apple products are so much more fun, cool, and SAFE to use. 🙂

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Hat tip to my Mom for mentioning this article last week.

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