Five years ago, Bill Gates was not at all happy with MovieMaker.

More precisely, he didn’t care for the system the Big Monopoly had on their web site for downloading the software and wrote a long, ranting memo of his experiences to some of his employees.

So I got back up and running and went to Windows Update again. I forgot why I was in Windows Update at all since all I wanted was to get Moviemaker.

So I went back to and looked at the instructions. I have to click on a folder called WindowsXP. Why should I do that? Windows Update knows I am on Windows XP.

What does it mean to have to click on that folder? So I get a bunch of confusing stuff but sure enough one of them is Moviemaker.

So I do the download. The download is fast but the Install takes many minutes. Amazing how slow this thing is.

At some point I get told I need to go get Windows Media Series 9 to download.

I really appreciate that Bill was that concerned with improving the user experience of getting the software.

But wouldn’t it have been great if he had put that much passion into actually creating a decent version of MovieMaker in the first place?