- 8 Jan 08, 03:19 GMT
If you want to start a fight, interview Bill Gates. The founder of Microsoft divides opinion like no other figure in the technology world. And as soon as our interview appeared, the Bill-backers and Bill-baiters started slugging it out on this blog.
We got viewers, listeners and readers to suggest the questions but that did not prevent some of you from accusing us of giving Mr Gates an easy ride. Of course, we chose which questions made it into the final interview - someone had to - but Microsoft imposed no conditions on what we could ask. Darren Waters and I spent many hours agonising over the choice. We tried to ensure it reflected the genuine interest expressed by many correspondents in Bill Gates' views on technology - while also covering their complaints about the quality of his software and Microsoft's attitude to the Open Source movement.
Some felt we failed to give him a real beating, a few seemed to think the interview should never have taken place or asked why we had not interviewed other major figures from the technology world.
Believe me, we spend much of our time bombarding the likes of Apple and Google with interview requests. One reason that Bill Gates appears reasonably regularly on BBC output is that he quite often says yes.
I would love to repeat this experiment by taking your questions to Steve Jobs or Jonathan Ive at Apple - or to Larry Page and Sergey Brin at Google. And, believe it or not, I got an e-mail from a spin doctor at one of those companies this morning, musing on whether this might be a good idea. Perhaps we've started something.
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