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04.22.07

Another Novell Betrayal Story Returns from the Past

Posted in Antitrust, Courtroom, Microsoft, Novell, Windows at 8:27 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

When Novell entered Microsoft’s bedroom, many were surprised because of the two companies’ past. There was a fierce and unethical history in their relationship, as many Comes vs. Microsoft court exhibits show us. Novell was the abused party. Here is one E-mail (among a series) which is very telling [PDF].

[Brad Silverberg, Microsoft:] the way to shut out novell in the base is to either ship a full client or make it so there is no network connectivity.

Essentially, this is part of a pattern. Microsoft sought strategies to cut off Novell’s air supply. Let’s not forget the (in)famous quote from James Allchin:

[Jim Allchin, Microsoft:] We need to slaughter Novell before they get stronger… If you’re going to kill someone, there isn’t much reason to get all worked up about it and angry. You just pull the trigger. Any discussions beforehand are a waste of time. We need to smile at Novell while we pull the trigger.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, or the remainder of the week if you read this later. Days to come will probably bring some juicy stories as Microsoft’s report is due and Novell’s might face scrutiny over financial irregularities.

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