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Quote: If you can’t make it good, at least make it look good.
By: Bill Gates
Comment: Once we are familiar with this attitude, we
know that “good looks” of Microsoft products do not necessarily reflect
on the degree of attention spent on their functionality.

Quote: If you don’t know what you need Windows NT for, you don’t need it.
By: Bill Gates
Comment: At last, something we agree on.

Quote: Strangely, after the court of appeals
decision [denying public access to the depositions], [Mr. Gates]
suddenly became available for tomorrow morning.
By: David Boies, Special trial counsel for the DOJ

Quote: All modern computer operating systems include integrated Web browsing.
By: Bill Gates

Quote: Microsoft shall, within fifteen (15) days
of this order, notify its customers of this order and the corrective
steps to be taken. Such notice shall expressly indicate that the court
has preliminarily found that Microsoft has violated its licensing
agreement to Sun’s Java Technology and that if a final judgment is
entered consistent with the court’s preliminary findings, Microsoft’s
keywords and compiler directives not contained in Sun’s Java Language
Specification (i.e. ‘multicast,’ ‘delegate,’ ‘@dll,’ ‘@corn,’ and
‘security’) may be prohibited from being included in any future
Microsoft software development tool for Java. Such notice shall be
prominently posted on Microsoft’s website and included in the next
quarterly-release of the Microsoft- Developer Network.
By: Preliminary injunction against Microsoft

Quote: To the extent that it is relevant, it
demonstrates the truth of what the witnesses have been saying, which is
that this is a market in which companies simply can not compete with
Microsoft in areas where Microsoft is free to use its monopoly over the
operating system to frustrate consumer choice. (..) [There's] a lot of
evidence that what you see here is an exit strategy for Netscape.
By: David Boies
DOJ chief attorney

Quote: The core of this trial is consumer choice
and the premise is that consumers ought to make that decision, not
Microsoft. Microsoft’s argument that says Java would have died anyway
is a little bit like saying if somebody shoots you they can defend
[themselves] by saying you have cancer.
By: David Boies
lead trial attorney DOJ

Quote: Note: Third-party, non-TrueType scalable
font products
that were supported by Windows 3.1 are not supported by Windows NT.
These products include Adobe Type Manager (ATM), Bitstream Facelift,
and Atech Publisher’s PowerPak.
By: MS developer documentation

Quote: I was a little surprised they [Microsoft] didn’t deal with the evidence presented yesterday.
By: David Boies, DOJ lead attorney
Reference: Microsoft: U.S. misinterprets evidence

Quote: Gates has clearly won, the revolution is
over, and the free-wheeling innovation in the software industry has
ground to a halt. For me it’s the Kingdom of the Dead.
By: Mitch Kapor
Reference: “Hard Drive”, p. 375
Date: 1999-08-01
Comment: No date available for this quote, but probably
around 1991. Context is discussion of initial FTC investigation of
Microsoft and reactions from around the software inudstry.

Quote: Bill [Gates] is not a nasty guy to
compete with. I do know of instances where he used his influence, but
who wouldn’t? This isn’t a race where there’s a handicap. Bill doesn’t
go around carrying a 10-pound sack on his back. That’s what some people
think should happen.
By: Gordon Eubanks
Yes, it’s the same Gordon
Eubanks who testified for Microsoft in the DOJ anti-trust trial. His
qualifications to speak on Bill Gates as a competitor are writing a
competing BASIC language in the late 1970′s. Later, he was CEO of
Symantec, a software utilities vendor, but that was more a symbiotic
relationship than a competitive one.
Reference: “Hard Drive”, p. 376
Date: 1999-08-03
Comment: No, Bill Gates doesn’t go around with a
100-pound sack on his back. It’s more like he goes around with a rocket
blaster on his back (i.e. his monopoly in an essential facility, the
dominant Windows operationg system) with which, of course, none of his
competitors are equipped.

Quote: “It was strange to see the richest man in the world come to talk
with a software guy. He got tripped up in the conversation and was not making
much sense. It’s almost like there is something he wants to prove that he can’t
prove. I almost felt he was envious because he knew what I was showing was my
design, and that everyone was saying it was great software. I think that hurt
him more than if he lost his $12 billion.”
By: Philippe Kahn
Founder and former CEO of Borland
Reference: “Overdrive” by James Wallace, p. 273
Date: 1997-08-04
Comment: Philippe Kahn recounting the Windows95 launch event.

Quote: Gates looks at everything as something
that should be his. He acts in any way he can to make it his. It can be
an idea, market share, or a contract. There is not an ounce of
conscientiousness or compassion in him. The notion of fairness means
nothing to him. The only thing he understands is leverage.
By: Philippe Kahn
Reference: “Overdrive”, by James Wallace, p.36
Date: 1999-07-13

Quote: Our [customers] describe [sic; probably
meant 'decide'] the negotiation process and decision process they go
through in deciding which volume level and which form of license they
choose. A minority choose per processor licenses.
By: Bill Gates
Reference: “The Microsoft File: The Secret Case AGainst Bill Gates”, by Wendy Goldman Rohm, p. 146
Date: 1999-07-08
Comment: Gates neatly side-steps the fact that a
per-processor license for DOS/Windows is substantially cheaper and more
attractive than alternatives such as a per-copy license. Also, the
“minority” that choose per-processor licenses happen to be the largest
computer vendors.

Quote: To me, Bill is the great white shark that
looks at minnows with no more consciousness than we look at a plate of
food. The shark has no soul. The shark knows no boundaries. All it has
is an appetite. When the shark gets hungry, it thinks “I’m hungry”, so
it eats.
By: Mitch Kertzman
former CEO of Sybase, a Microsoft competitor in the database arena
Reference: “The Plot to Get Bill Gates”, p. 263
Date: 1999-07-21

Quote: You hid things even if it would blindside
people you were working with. … [Gates is a] Darwinian [who] doesn’t
look for win-win situations with others., but for ways to make others
lose. Success is defined as flattening the competition.
By: Rob Glaser
Glaser, before starting Real
Networks in 1993, was one of Bill Gates’ trusted lieutenants. He speaks
of negotiations with Microsoft’s (perhaps prospective) partners.
Reference: “The Plot to Get Bill Gates”, p. 98n
Date: 1999-07-21

Quote: There won’t be anything we won’t say to people to try and convince them that our way is the way to go.
By: Bill Gates
Reference: (on Microsoft marketing)
Comment: Gates seems to be unaware that “saying anything” will harm the credibility of those who are unfettered by facts and logic.

Quote: Based on the evidence before it at this
time, the court finds that Bristol has clearly shown that it is indeed
a competitor of Microsoft.(..) Bristol has thus shown a substantial
likelihood that it will be able to prove antitrust injury at trial.
(..) Moreover, there is ample evidence that
Microsoft intended to harm Bristol with respect to limiting the
effectiveness of its Wind/U product.
By: Federal Judge Janet C. Hall
Reference: 30 December ruling in Bristol-Microsoft case

Quote: The Linux community may not be the most genteel group ever assembled, but when it’s war its members start fighting.
By: Mary Jo Foley
Reference: 6 November 1998, ZDNet UK

Quote: They bought DOS, they bought Windows -
they stole Windows, excuse me; they bought PowerPoint, they bought
Word, Excel, they bought WebTV, they bought their browser technology,
they bought Hotmail, they bought a billion dollars of Comcast: they
bought, they bought, they bought. What have they innovated? Goose egg.
Now just let’s make this innovative company innovative for the next
five years without buying anything. That would be the simplest remedy.
By: Scott McNealy
CEO Sun MicroSystems
Reference: Interview by The Register

Quote: Gates went on to argue that Linux is the
equivalent of the first Windows NT kernel, which he noted is about 4
per cent of NT. “It’s an important 4 per cent, but if that’s all we
were delivering, our R&D budget would be dramatically less than it
is,” he said. The inference is, you see, that Linux can’t hold a candle
to NT because there’s so much more built into NT than into Linux.
By: Don Tennant
Reference: found at ProComp

Quote: Companies and individuals in rich
countries will have to contribute technology and cash to kick-start a
truly global Information Revolution.
By: Bill Gates
Reference: Titans Talk Tech: Bill G. and Michael D.

Quote: Anything that accelerates broadband deployment in the home is good for consumers.
By: Hank Vigil
vice president of consumer strategy and partnerships, Microsoft
Reference: ABC News: War of the Wires

Quote: The ink is not yet dry on the letter of intent, and AOL
already is making noises that it intends probably to keep IE as the
default browser for its customers, and affirming how valuable the real
estate on the Microsoft splash screen is. If AOL really wants to suck
up to Microsoft’s Salome, what greater gift can it offer than the head
of John the Baptist on a platter?
By: T. Guilbert
Reference: am-info mailinglist, http://lists.essential.org/am-info/msg06932.html

Quote: At bottom, the Open Source movement is an
expression of the Western academic tradition, innovation and discovery
through the free exchange of ideas. You rig that system at your peril.
You have only to look at the stagnation of Soviet science and industry
under a centralized autocratic system, versus the innovation that
happened in our free markets, to see what fate you have in store for
yourselves if you succeed.
By: Tim O’Reilly
Reference: An open letter to Microsoft

Quote: Microsoft is too smart a company to
sacrifice long-term vitality for short-term advantage. Instead of
trying to crush Open Source, you should follow the lead of companies
like O’Reilly, IBM and Silicon Graphics, who are supporting various
Open Source communities while finding ways to build commercial
added-value products on the open platforms these communities provid.
By: Tim O’Reilly
Reference: An open letter to Microsoft

Quote: The collaborative, massively distributed
development process behind the Internet and Open Source projects is not
your enemy. It is your friend, the source of basic research that you
can turn into your next generation of products.
By: Tim O’Reilly
Reference: An open letter to Microsoft

Quote: If anything, I think your problem is with your witness, not with the way in which his testimony is being presented.
By: Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson
Reference: answering Microsoft’s motion to prohibit the DOJ from using Gates’ deposit as evidence by playing it

Quote: On Feb 3, 1998, Mr. Jobs sent an email
message to Mr. Gates expressing Apple’s concerns about the threatening
behavior of Microsoft’s employees.
On Feb 13, 1998, I had a lunch meeting in Cupertino with Don Bradford
Microsoft. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the problems
described in Mr. Jobs’ message to Mr. Gates. At this meeting, Mr.
conveyed the same proposal that Microsoft had presented in the past.
Specifically, if Apple would abandon the playback segment of the
Microsoft would be willing to endorse QuickTime as the solution for the
authoring portion. Mr. Bradford told me that Mr. Gates thought that
would be a way to resolve our dispute.
By: Avadis Tevanian
vice president Apple
Reference: antitrust case testimony

Quote: While AOL viewed the Netscape and
Microsoft browsers as comparable, distribution and promotion in the
Windows operating systems was something that Netscape simply could not
By: David M. Colburn, AOL’s senior vice president of busine
Reference: AOL exec details choosing IE

Quote: Because a large majority of the personal
computers sold in this country include the Windows operating system,
Microsoft was thus to achieve virtually costless distribution of MSN to
almost every new computer user.
By: David M. Colburn, AOL’s senior vice president of busine
Reference: AOL exec details choosing IE

Quote: The bundling of MSN with Windows 95 and
the inclusion of an MSN icon on the desktop created a sense in the
marketplace that MSN’s commercial success was inevitable.
By: David M. Colburn, AOL’s senior vice president of busine
Reference: AOL exec details choosing IE

Quote: The value of distribution through and promotion on the Windows desktop was something that Netscape could not provide.
By: David M. Colburn, AOL’s senior vice president of busine
Reference: AOL exec details choosing IE

Quote: As a result of the Microsoft agreement,
AOL must and does strictly limit its distribution, promotion, and
advertising of Netscape Navigator. Microsoft has sought to strictly
enforce these restrictions, and has carefully monitored references to
Navigator or Netscape on the AOL service.
By: David M. Colburn, AOL’s senior vice president of busine
Reference: AOL exec details choosing IE

Quote: AOL would not have been prepared to
accept the restrictions on its distribution and promotion of Netscape
Navigator had Microsoft not insisted on those restrictions as an
element of the licensing agreement.
By: David M. Colburn, AOL’s senior vice president of busine
Reference: AOL exec details choosing IE

Quote: Netscape was saying, “We’re not really
interested. Our focus is not consumers, so we’re not terribly
interested in working with you.” We lost another opportunity to take
charge of another 10 to 12 million browsers.
By: Ram Shriram, Netscape executive
Reference: AOL exec details choosing IE

Quote: There’s been absolutely no change in
operating system market-share, there’s been no change in office
productivity suites market-share, no change in the management, the
style, or the practices of that organization, and this has nothing to
do with the DOJ case.
By: Scott McNealy
Reference: AOL/Netscape Deal Not Linked To DOJ Case – Sun’s McNealy
Comment: This is a comment on Microsoft’s claim that the DOJ’s case has lost its driving reason by AOL’s takeover of Netscape.

Quote: I can say that if that’s Microsoft’s best defense, they’ve got a very desperate strategy in responding to the DOJ’s case.
By: Scott McNealy
Reference: AOL/Netscape Deal Not Linked To DOJ Case – Sun’s McNealy
Comment: Describing Microsoft’s contention that if
three of their competitors do bundle forces – none of them monopolists
and together being about a quarter of the size of Microsoft – this
changes the landscape of the industry.

Quote: I can say that if that’s Microsoft’s best defense, they’ve got a very desperate strategy in responding to the DOJ’s case.
By: Scott McNealy
Reference: AOL/Netscape Deal Not Linked To DOJ Case – Sun’s McNealy
Comment: Describing Microsoft’s contention that if
three of their competitors do bundle forces – none of them monopolists
and together being about a quarter of the size of Microsoft – this
changes the landscape of the industry.

Quote: This is the right way to develop
applications for OS/2 PM. OS/2 PM is a tremendously rich environment,
which makes it inherently complex. Smalltalk/V PM removes that
complexity and lets you concentrate on writing great programs.
Smalltalk/V PM is the kind of tool that will make OS/2 the successor to
By: Bill Gates
Reference: back of an old Digitalk Smalltalk/V PM manual, 1990
Comment: One wonders why Microsoft adopted “Visual Basic” instead of Smalltalk.

Quote: We’re giving away a pretty good browser as part of the operating system. How long can [Netscape] survive selling it?
By: Steve Ballmer
Reference: Barksdale’s 3rd Mar. 1998 Senate Judiciary Comittee testimony

Quote: There has certainly been a lot of free
software out there for the last 20 years. The main thing that has held
that back is that because it’s free software there’s no central point
of control. So what you see with Linux, and other things, is you get
proliferations of different versions and everybody can go into the
source code, and everybody does.
By: Bill Gates
Reference: Book presentation plus interview in New York

Quote: We put things into our system like
systems management that’s not that much fun for university developers.
Linux doesn’t have that stuff. It doesn’t have the graphics interface.
It doesn’t have the rich set of device drivers. So certainly we think
of it as a competitor in the student and hobbyist market. But I really
don’t think in the commercial market, we’ll see it in any significant
By: Bill Gates
Reference: Book presentation plus interview in New York

Quote: Gates argues that the choice we face
today is between a future where innovation in high-technology markets
is dictated by the government or the private sector. But the real
choice is between a future where innovation is determined in a
competitive marketplace or is dictated by Microsoft. The world is a
vastly different place than it was in Senator John Sherman’s day. One
thing that has not changed is that companies that run afoul of the law
seek to justify their behavior by arguing ”we’re different.” That
argument is one Microsoft product that ought to crash before it loads.
By: Dan Oliver
chairman of the Federal Trade Commission from 1986-89
Reference: Boston Globe

Quote: Leadership is important in all human
endeavors, but Wind
ows is bigger than any one person or even one company. Windows is an
authentic industry phenomenon with thousands of software companies,
millions of developers, dozens of high-volume, sophisticated [original
equipment manufacturer] developers that are driving this forward.
By: Ed Muth
Reference: Business Week Interview

Quote: Monopoly exists when a specific
individual or enterprise has sufficient control over a particular
product or service to determine significantly the terms on which other
individuals shall have access to it.
By: Milton Friedman
Reference: Capitalism and Freedom
Comment: Microsoft has a full 100% monopoly on what they call the “Windows standard”.

Quote: Monopoly raises two classes of problems
for a free society. First, the existence of monopoly means a limitation
on voluntary exchange through a reduction in the alternatives available
to individuals. Second, the existence of monopoly raises the issue of
“social responsibility”, as it has come to be called, of the monopolist.
By: Milton Friedman
Reference: Capitalism and Freedom

Quote: The choice between the evils of private
monopoly, public monopoly, and public regulation cannot, however, be
made once and for all, independently of factual circumstances. If the
technical monopoly is of a service or commodity that is regarded as
essential and if its monopoly power is sizable, even the short-run
effects of private unregulated monopoly may not be tolerable, and
either public regulation or ownership may be a lesser evil.
By: Milton Friedman
Reference: Capitalism and Freedom

Quote: The essence of a competitive market is
its impersonal character. No one participant can determine the terms on
which other participants shall have access to goods or jobs. All takes
prices as given by the market and no individual can by himself have
more than a negligible influence on price though all participants
together determine price by the combined effect of their separate
By: Milton Friedman
Reference: Capitalism and Freedom

Quote: It is widely believed that politics and
economics are separate and largely unconnected; that individual freedom
is a political problem and material welfare and economical problem; and
that any kind of political arrangements can be combined with any kind
of economic arrangements.
By: Milton Friedman
Reference: Capitalism and Freedom

Quote: We have been saying for some time that
Windows NT Workstation is appropriate for [enterprise] users and Win 95
and Win 98 for home users. In general, if you’re a customer who has Win
95 and you’re debating which direction to go today, there’s no question
it should be to Windows Workstation 4.0.
By: Craig Beilinson
Windows product manager, Microsoft
Reference: ComputerWorld

Quote: Each of these business strategies is,
from the analytical standpoint, the construction of a sphere of
monopoly power. The purpose of advertising, of product differentiation,
of market segmentation and price discrimination, and especially of
technological change is to beat the competition. It is to create a
fief, or an empire, where the competition cannot reach. It is to
isolate oneself from the hypothetical brutality of textbook
competition, from competition that forces price to marginal cost and
eliminates economic profit. The point of the game, played in a
bewildering variety of ways, is to defeat the rules of the competitive
By: James K. Galbraith
Reference: Created Unequal

Quote: Ha-ha. There has been a history of free
software coming out of the university environments. The original
browser was a free product. There’s a webserver called Apache there’s a
free product. And in almost any category of software you find free

Typical what we have with Linux is essential UNIX as it was defined twenty years

And people get a kick out of having the source code – gives the possibility to play around with that.

What we’re trying to do with Windows is solve a different kind of problem. We’re
trying to create a system that is much richer in terms of the graphics and system management.

By: Bill Gates
CEO Microsoft
Reference: Danish National radio broadcast, 5 February 1999

Quote: Q: Why was that a concern?
Because Intel was wasting its money by writing low quality software
that created incompatibilities for users, and those negative
experiences weren’t helpful for any goal that Intel had.
Q: Were they harmful to any goal that Microsoft had?
Gates: Only in the sense of hurting PC popularity by creating negative user experiences.
By: Chairman Gates
Reference: deposit antitrust case

Quote: I just said to them [Intel] that if they
would — whatever software work they were doing that was intended to
help Windows, they should talk to us about it early on if they wanted
to have the highest probability that it would, in fact, achieve that

And unfortunately, we never achieved that result; that is, they
would do things related to Windows that [sic] without talking to us in
advance, and then once they had done the work, there would be some
incompatibilities between what they had done and Windows itself.

By: Chairman Gates
Reference: deposit antitrust case

Quote: The government is trying to get extra witnesses by putting Bill’s [videotaped] deposition on.
By: Jim Cullinan
Reference: DOJ ready for turn, may see Gates
Comment: After badmouthing the competition, Microsoft
is now claiming that their own CEO and founder gives the same
impression as a videotape.

Note that a videotape has no busy
scheme like Mr. Gates. Apparently, the problem of making Mr. Gates
available for the deposits had less to do with his busy scheme than
with Microsoft’s reluctance to show him answering difficult questions.

Quote: [I]f you disclose any confidential issues
in a non privileged context, you will be doing the Company a great
disservice. All of the audit reports you have created so far would
generally be discoverable in the US . . . and could be fertile ground
for an astute litigator.
By: Mike Brown
CFO Microsoft
Reference: e-mail to (afterwards fired) chief internal auditor Charles Pancerzewski after the latter reported i

Quote: Our DOS gold mine is shrinking and our
costs are soaring–primarily due to low prices, IBM share, and DR-DOS.
I believe people underestimate the impact DR-DOS has had on us in terms
of pricing.
By: Bill Gates
Reference: e-mail to Steve Ballmer

Quote: I actually think tying the payment to their shipping IE is a great idea, though I would not do this formally.
By: Cameron Myhrvold
Reference: E-mail to subordinate Geoff Hughes on supposedly non-IE related $500,000 UUNET Pipex deal

Quote: To combat NSCP we have to have [sic]
position the browser as ‘going away’ and do deeper integration on
Windows. The stronger way to communicate this is to have a ‘new
release’ of Windows and make a big deal out of it. We will thus
position Memphis as ‘Windows 98′.
By: Paul Maritz
senior vice president Microsoft
Reference: Email to Microsoft executives, January 1997

Quote: I am convinced we have to use Windows -
this is the one thing they [Netscape] don’t have. [Windows 98] must be
a simple upgrade, but most importantly it must be a killer on OEM
shipments so that Netscape never gets a chance on these systems.
By: James Allchin
senior vice president Microsoft
Reference: email to Paul Maritz discussing IE and Windows, January 2, 1997 [Government Exhibit 48]

Quote: The SOFTWARE PRODUCT is licensed with the
HARDWARE as a single integrated product. The SOFTWARE PRODUCT may only
be used with the HARDWARE as set forth in this EULA.
By: Microsoft
Reference: End-User License Agreement

Quote: I’ve had my whole group of guys -
finance, marketing, product development – here around this table …
And we pore over [Netscape's] 10-K and financial statements. We know
exactly where they make their money … we’re giving away a pretty good
browser as part of the operating system. How long can they survive
selling it?
By: Steve Ballmer
President Microsoft
Reference: Forbes Magazine

Quote: I believe OS/2 is destined to be the most
important operating system, and possibly program, of all time. As the
successor to DOS, which has over 10,000,000 systems in use, it creates
incredible opportunities for everyone involved with PCs.
By: Bill Gates
Reference: Forword of “OS/2 Programmer’s Guide”
Comment: Aside from Mr. Gates role in not fulfilling
the promises to IBM to support OS to the degree that one would expect
from this statement, this surely reflects badly on Mr. Gates ability to
foresee the future of computing.

Quote: The industry is moving to a complete
Intel architecture and Microsoft NT solution from server to client
device. Microsoft’s Win CE mobile computing platform, code-named
Jupiter, and Intel’s StrongArm processors will make significant inroads
in the handheld and PDA markets.
By: Martin Reynolds, Dataquest analyst
Reference: Gartner group sees no threat to Wintel

Quote: There are no significant threats to the Intel or Microsoft desktop PC franchises through 2003.
By: Chris Goodhue, Gartner Group analyst
Reference: Gartner group sees no threat to Wintel

Quote: Gates has been busily criss-crossing the
nation this week, just before the Justice Department’s case goes to
trial, set for Monday. He appeared publicly Tuesday in St. Louis and on
Monday in Bloomington, Ind., and in Denver. He was scheduled to appear
in Charlotte, N.C. later Wednesday.
By: Associated Press
Reference: Gates defense brings some hisses
Comment: Apparently, Gates seeks to raise sufficient public support to annihilate the antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft.

Quote: The threat to cancel Mac Office 97 is
certainly the strongest bargaining point we have, as doing so will do a
great deal of harm to Apple immediately. I also believe that Apple is
taking this threat pretty seriously.
By: Ben Waldman, Microsoft manager
Reference: Gates deposition tape aired
Comment: This was written in June 1997 to Chairman
Gates and other Microsoft executives. Mr. Gates forgot all about this
mail when asked about it in the deposit.

Apparently, Microsoft
was more willing to abandon those “millions of customers” on the Mac
platform than they said a week before this statement was made public by
the DOJ.

Quote: [MS Office is]the biggest Apple carrot.
By: Paul Maritz, senior vice president Microsoft
Reference: Gates deposition tape aired
Comment: Clearly, Microsoft is not interested in merely satisfying their customers on the Mac platform.

Quote: The comparison between Gates and John D.
Rockefeller reveals eerie parallels and demonstrates how the art of
public relations has evolved over 80 years. Rockefeller passed out
dimes on the street on advice of his PR firm; Gates passes out spare
change (with inflation, millions of dollars) to politicians, appears on
Oprah, and revels in expensively produced book tours. But no company -
and no man – no matter how rich and powerful, is exempt from the law.
At least John D. Rockefeller ultimately came to court to defend
himself. Why won’t Gates?
By: Michael Pettit
executive director ProComp
Reference: Gates Fiddles While Defense Burns

Quote: Number two is move Netscape out of the win32 client area.
By: Paul Maritz, Microsoft’s senior vice president for Cons
Reference: Government throws heavy blows on day 6
Comment: This snippet was written to spell out company strategy to Chairman Bill Gates.

It corroborates Netscape’s contention that they were to be restricted to Windows 3.11 and non-Windows platforms.

Quote: Apple needed to ensure that Microsoft
would continue to provide MS Office for Mac or we were dead. They were
threatening to abandon Mac. Trading card was making Internet Explorer
default browser.
By: Frank Anderson, CFO Apple
Reference: Government throws heavy blows on day 6
Comment: Microsoft’s defense consists of telling the
other conditions of the deal with Apple that were Microsoft’s investing
$150 in non-voting Apple stock and a settlement of a long-standing feud
over patents Apple says were violated by Microsoft in Windows.

present moves to retract product after product from the Apple platform
show that Apple had good reason not to count on Microsoft’s inclination
to support Office on the Mac.

Did Apple need something only
Microsoft could give them? Yes. Did Apple have to give something in
return that was aimed to hurt a competitor of Microsoft? Yes. No more
is needed.

Quote: To combat NSCP we have to have [sic]
position the browser as ‘going away’ and do deeper integration on
Windows. The stronger way to communicate this is to have a ‘new
release’ of Windows and make a big deal out of it. We will thus
position Memphis as ‘Windows 98′.”
By: Paul Maritz, senior vice president Microsoft
Reference: Government to show Gates tape
Comment: This quote from a memo by a Microsoft vice
president to other Microsoft executives in January 1997 is pretty
damning as it shows that Microsoft’s decision to integrate MSIE and
Windows was really inspired by the desire to fight Netscape.
Microsoft’s claims that they made the decision as early as 1994 -
supported only by vague phrases referring to “internet technology” that
is to be included in Windows at a time Windows didn’t even support
tcp/ip (the basic internet networking protocol) – is severely damaged
by this statement. And so is Microsoft’s credibility.

Quote: One smaller motivation which, in part, stems from altruism is Microsoft-bashing.
By: Vinod Valloppillil
works under Ed “Sheriff of Nottingham” Muth, a group product manager at Microsoft
Reference: Halloween I
Date: 1999-09-29

Quote: Because it owns the operating system,
Microsoft is the essential utility of the information age. It acts as a
kind of gatekeeper to the pipeline of computing innovation, sitting
there and deciding whether to help some innovation or slow it down.
By: James F. Moore, president of Geopartners Research Inc.
Reference: How a giant software maker played the game of hardball

Quote: If we had licensed our technology to
Microsoft and stepped aside, the best we could have hoped for was
becoming a company with sales of $100 million or so and hoping to be
bought out by Microsoft. We didn’t start Netscape for that.
By: James Clark, founder Silicon Graphics Inc.,co-founder Netsca
Reference: How a giant software maker played the game of hardball

Quote: Microsoft’s take-no-prisoners strategy
backfired, all but inviting retaliation from competitors, the
Government and even customers. (..Emphasizing that he was offering no
legal judgment…) I think Microsoft could have achieved 90 percent of
what it did without crossing the line as much as it did.
By: David Yoffie, Harvard Business School
Reference: How a giant software maker played the game of hardball

Quote: Whenever you license technology to
Microsoft, you have to understand it can someday build it itself, drop
it into the operating system and put you out of that business.
By: Douglas Colbeth, president of Spyglass
Reference: How a giant software maker played the game of hardball

Quote: We are totally dependent on tremendous relationships with key companies like Compaq.
By: Bob Herbold, Chief Operation’s Officer, Microsoft
Reference: How a giant software maker played the game of hardball
Comment: Microsoft’s dependence is at best gradual as
other companies are more than eager to take over Compaq’s business. On
the other hand, if Microsoft would retract the Windows license from
Compaq, that company would be out of business per immediately.

Quote: After we agreed to its Internet Explorer
browser, Microsoft allowed us to be bundled on the Windows desktop. It
was an example of Microsoft’s pragmatic side.
By: Stephen M. Case, CEO America Online
Reference: How a giant software maker played the game of hardball
Comment: Microsoft claims to set a “standard” for
others. Unlike other standards there is only only party that delivers
products according to this standard: Microsoft. Thus Microsoft controls
the only standard-conformant desktop and has clearly used it to create
market share in new markets.

Quote: I guess that leaves us washing machines and toasters.
By: Ruthann Quindlen, venture capitalist
Reference: How a giant software maker played the game of hardball

Quote: We’re disheartened because Microsoft
helped W3C develop the very standards that they’ve failed to implement
in their browser. We’re also dismayed to see Microsoft continue adding
proprietary extensions to these standards when support for the
essentials remains unfinished.
By: George Olsen
Web Standards Project
Reference: http://www.32bitsonline.com/news.php3?news=news/199903/nb199903189&page=1

Quote: 24. Insofar as Blue Mountain can
ascertain, Microsoft’s e-mail filter relegates e-mail greeting cards
sent from Blue Mountain’s web site to a ‘junk mail’ folder for
immediate discard, rather than receipt by the user.
Not until late November, at the beginning of its peak holiday season,
did Blue Mountain discover that these trial (‘beta’) versions of
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 5.0 and Outlook Express currently being
released by Microsoft contained features that disrupted and blocked
Blue Mountain’s ability to provide its greeting cards to its customers.
Upon learning that delivery of its cards was being blocked, Blue
Mountain promptly complained both orally and in writing to Microsoft
representatives, and demanded that Microsoft remedy the problem

26. A Microsoft representative, Mike Culver,
informed Blue Mountain that the problem was caused by a ‘bug’ in
Microsoft’s junk mail filter. The Microsoft representative agreed that
Blue Mountain greeting cards are not ‘junk mail’ and should not be sent
to the ‘junk’ mailbox. He said Microsoft would fix the problem
immediately. Microsoft still has not fixed this problem despite Blue
Mountain’s repeated complaints. Indeed, Mr. Culver recently told Blue
Mountain that Microsoft would not fix the problem until its next
release of Internet Explorer, an unspecified date in the future.

By: Blue Mountain Complaint against Microsoft and WebTV


Quote: Two years after you ship a product, no
one will remember if you were two months late. Everyone will remember
if you ship a bad product.
By: Windows 2000 Marketing Manager Jim Ewel


Quote: It is a relief and a joy when I see a
regiment of hackers digging in to hold the line, and I realize this
city may survive – for now. But the dangers are greater each year, and
now Microsoft has explicitly targeted our community. We can’t take the
future of freedom for granted. Don’t take it for granted! If you want
to keep your freedom, you must be prepared to defend it.
By: Richard Stallman
Reference: in: ”Open Sources – voices from the open source revolution”

Quote: I thanked Rose for all of his trips to Seattle and his willingness to distract a lot of time for the lawsuit.
By: Bill Gates
Reference: internal e-mail

Quote: We do NOT want to ship the ‘standard’
with Windows because we want to make the native APIs more attractive.
We want to evolve the standard APIs rapidly, and not have ISVs
[independent software vendors] spending time on something that is
cross-platform. Java standard server APIs are bad news for us. I veto
any cooperation with this group unless someone comes and convinces me
By: Chairman Gates
Reference: internal email

Quote: Don’t encourage new, cross-platform Java
classes, especially don’t help get great Win 32 implementations
written/deployed. (..) Do encourage fragmentation of the Java classlib
By: Ben Slivka
Reference: internal email

Quote: It is ironic to me that in the United
States, the bastion of capitalism, where people have given of their
work lives and capital to create a huge industrial economy, we are now
asked to surrender the very same factors of production-our labor and
our capital-to develop software that will be open and free for all. I
do see some qualified benefits to open software, but I wanted to get
your views on the big picture before going any deeper.
By: Michael Dertouzos
Reference: Interview with Bill Gates

Quote: [The new test] resolves once and for all any questions about the reliability of our evidence.
By: Mark Murray
Microsoft spokesperson
Reference: Introducing the (as it later turned out) failed attempt to repeat the test presented in a forged vid

Quote: Instead of providing copies of the
materials identified, Microsoft has produced stripped-down versions
that cannot be used or analyzed in an efficient manner.
Reference: Justice Dept.: Microsoft should produce databases
Comment: Apparently, Microsoft is once more invoking
the January approach to “comply” with judge Jackson’s order to unbundle
MSIE. They only possibilities they offered either brougt the OS back
several years or crippled it entirely. If they had used the “uninstall”
option, which tells the user “Do you want to remove this program and
all of its components?”, the OS wouldn’t have been crippled. Now who
would have thought of that at Microsoft?

Quote: We have cooperated 100 percent in the
government investigation and we will continue to do whatever we can to
assist because we think the facts are on our side.
By: Mark Murray
Reference: Justice Dept.: Microsoft should produce databases
Comment: This is the stock Mark-Murray-100% statement
that you find in just about every article where he serves as Microsoft
spokesperson. In the present case, the DOJ went back to court as
Microsoft refused to cooperate.

Quote: As we discussed, in the spirit of
reinstating mutual cooperation and trust we would like to resolve the
above mentioned Notice of Intent to Terminate letter in as a quick and
mutually agreeable manner as possible.

To accomplish this, Microsoft is requesting that Compaq replace
the Microsoft Network and Internet Explorer icons on the Windows 95
desktop on all Compaq Presario machines. Specifically we are asking
that these icons be put back on the Windows 95 desktop so they look and
function exactly the same as how they were originally provided by
Microsoft and/or Authorized Replicators. This means the icons should
not be just Windows 95 shortcuts, since the functionality is different.
In addition, the Microsoft Network and Internet Explorer icons and
Internet Setup Wizard icon should also be put back into their original
locations and functionality under the ‘Start’ button on Windows 95.

If you are willing to give Microsoft a clear written
assurance that the above will be implemented on all Compaq Presario
machines within sixty (60) days of the date of this letter, Microsoft
will withdraw its Notice of Intent to Terminate letter addressed to
David Cabello and dated May 30, 1996 once such written assurance is
received by Microsoft.

By: Don Hardwick
Microsoft Group Manager OEM Sales Division
Reference: Letter to Celeste Dunn, Compaq Vice President Consumer Software Business Unit, 6 June 1996

Quote: It is always difficult to predict the
economic impact of events, but should the DOJ or state Attorneys
General seek to interfere with the launch of Windows 98, there are
likely to be broad, negative consequences not just for Microsoft but
for the entire PC industry. The impact would be felt by PC
manufacturers, companies that develop software products (often called
ISVs, or independent software vendors), companies that manufacture
hardware peripheral devices supported by Windows 98 (such as digital
cameras or digital video devices), resellers and retailers who sell
computer and software products, value-added providers who provide
service and support, and thousands of others whose success is tied to
By: Greg Maffei, Chief financial officer, MSFT
Reference: Letter to Wall Street
Comment: Even the major media couldn’t oversee that
these claims rather contradict Microsoft’s other claims that they exist
in a very competitive market. Apparently, no other company offers
anything that can be substituted for their products and dependence on
them is widespread.

Quote: Hey, Steve, just because you broke into
Xerox’s store before I did and took the TV doesn’t mean I can’t go in
later and steal the stereo.
By: Bill Gates
Reference: MacWEEK, 1/9/90 p. 23

Quote: The only thing I’d rather own than
Windows is English or Chinese or Spanish, because then I could charge a
$249 right to speak English. And I could charge you an upgrade fee when
I add letters like N and T.
By: Scott McNealy
Reference: March 1998 Senate Judiciary Committee hearings
Comment: This doesn’t appear in his written testimony at the referenced URL — apparently he made this rather witty analogy off-the-cuff.

Quote: I feel we are much too smug in dealing
with Novell. Perhaps they didn’t hurt us in DOS yet — but it’s not
because of product or their trying. It’s because we already had the
OEMs wrapped up.
By: Jim Allchin
Reference: March 26, 1992

Quote: We are a very predictable company. What
we did with Windows on the desktop, we’re doing with Windows NT on the
server. What we did with Office on the desktop, we’re doing with
BackOffice on the server.
By: Bill Gates
Reference: May 1997 Fortune interview
Comment: This appears on page 27 of the referenced document at the URL given above.

Quote: Microsoft has to innovate beyond standard
protocols. We would lose differentiation if we did not, and we would
not be able to solve problems that other people could solve if we
stayed with standard protocols.Our strategy is to find ways to solve
customer problems that are not being solved by commodity protocols.
By: Ed Muth, enterprise group manager Microsoft
Reference: Memo angers open source advocates
Comment: So now it is official. Microsoft WILL NOT support open standards.

Quote: (..) current PC technology is totally
sufficient for most office tasks and consumers desires and (..) any
performance bottleneck is not in today’s PC’s but in today’s COM pipes.
This in itself might slow down replacement cycles and life time
shortening until we find true MIPS eating applications – a priority not
only Intel should subscribe to.
By: Joachim Kempin
senior vice president for OEM sales, Microsoft
Reference: Memo to Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer and Paul Maritz, December 16, 1997

Quote: We have increased our prices over the last 10 years [while] other component prices have come down and continue to come down.
By: Joachim Kempin
senior vice president, Microsoft
Reference: Memo to Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer and Paul Maritz, December 16, 1997

Quote: Today’s announcements underscore our
continued belief in the Mac as a platform for applications and
leading-edge Internet technologies. Microsoft has millions of customers
who rely on Macintosh technology and they can be assured that Microsoft
products for the Mac will continue to be available.
By: Bill Gates
Reference: Microsoft and Apple Affirm Commitment to Build Next Generation Software for Macintosh
Comment: Well, look at Microsoft’s dropping Mac support
for Encarta and MFC somewhat over a year later. So much for Mr. Gates’

Quote: The danger is that Microsoft is using
strategic monopolistic pricing in the education market, with the
government’s assistance, to turn our state university systems into
private workforce training programs for Microsoft.
By: Nathan Newman
Reference: Microsoft Goes to College: The Education Software Market and Microsoft’s Expanding Monopoly

Quote: The answer, interestingly enough from
Microsoft, is that software choices should not be left up to the
marketplace and are better made collectively by government fiat.
Instead of targeting individual students with discounts, Microsoft has
declared that cost savings will come from, “Colleges and universities
grappling with the issue of software standardization,” in the recent
words of Rebecca Needham, Microsoft’s Education marketing manager. So
the best solution is “working out custom agreements with institutions,
like the University of Texas system.”
By: Nathan Newman
Reference: Microsoft Goes to College: The Education Software Market and Microsoft’s Expanding Monopoly

Quote: If a company fails to demonstrate serious
charity that is not directly connected to its core business, one can
fairly suspect that “charitable” donations such as Microsoft’s software
gifts are more about marketing and illegal economic dumping than about
civicness. Add in monopoly deals like the Indiana and Texas university
systems and you have a pattern of aggressive product dumping that
merits full investigation by all legal authorities.
By: Nathan Newman
Reference: Microsoft Goes to College: The Education Software Market and Microsoft’s Expanding Monopoly

Quote: You can speculate about what might
happen, but not about any type of breakup. It’s not on the radar
screen. It’s not something that anybody is suggesting.
By: Bill Gates
Reference: Microsoft Latin America Enterprise Solutions Conference ’99

Quote: So what’s going on in court is the
government is learning about the technology business… and we have
very little doubt that at the end of the day our whole approach to
business will be held to be a fantastic thing and very beneficial to
By: Bill Gates
Reference: Microsoft Latin America Enterprise Solutions Conference ’99

Quote: Politicians need to make sure that the
right rules are in place governing who can see and use that
information. [Privacy issues] haven’t had the visibility they’ve
deserved. They are really political questions.
By: Bill Gates
Reference: Microsoft Latin America Enterprise Solutions Conference ’99

Quote: Windows 2000 is a superambitious product. We think we’re getting close to finishing it.
By: Bill Gates
Reference: Microsoft Latin America Enterprise Solutions Conference ’99

Quote: That kind of speculation is really
inappropriate because the government has never stated any interest in
anything of that kind [like breaking up Microsoft].
By: Bill Gates
Reference: Microsoft Latin America Enterprise Solutions Conference ’99

Quote: I actually don’t know the status of the
discussions with the government… I’m sure the lawyers will do their
best to simplify the thing, but it’s not worth speculating on.
By: Bill Gates
Reference: Microsoft Latin America Enterprise Solutions Conference ’99

Quote: Academic research, while perhaps only an
incidental target in Microsoft’s court battle against Netscape, could
be a victim in this major antitrust suit, according to the American
Association of University Professors (AAUP). The faculty organization
fears that Microsoft’s demand for research gathered by two professors
could have a chilling effect on faculty research by ending researchers’
ability to promise confidentiality to people they interview. It also
could restrict future research, as faculty members may limit their
areas of work to topics that are free from controversy.
By: American Association of University Professors
Reference: Microsoft May Net Academic Freedom in its Fishing Expedition
Comment: Unfortunately, the professors represent the
antitrust case of the DOJ vs Microsoft as a “court battle” of Microsoft
against Netscape.

Quote: I have been shown what you produced and it doesn’t make any sense to be. It’s gibberish.
By: Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson
Reference: Microsoft ordered to give DOJ access to databases; trial delayed
Comment: Note that Microsoft spokesperson Mark Murray said of the same topic:

have cooperated 100 percent in the government investigation and we will
continue to do whatever we can to assist because we think the facts are
on our side.”

From the judge’s verdict we can derive that
Microsoft did not everything it could do to assist and it did not
cooperate 100 percent in the government investigation.

Mr. Murray has misinformed the public about Microsoft’s actions and this reflects negatively on his credibility.

Quote: Efforts to demonize Bill Gates in the opening statement are emblematic [of the government's] approach.
By: John L. Warden
Reference: Microsoft refutes government’s opening
Comment: Here Mr. Warden uses a innovative definition
that says that demonization means: attacking someone’s credibility by
indicating inconsistent statements and showing that someone was
involved in certain decisions.

Quote: Our core competence is building software
and so we’re not controlling any communications companies. We are just
a software company.
By: Bill Gates
Reference: Microsoft’s third annual Fortune 1000 CEO meeting

Quote: The government is lying with statistics
through this document. Microsoft’s operating systems are still a very,
very small percentage of the cost of a personal computer.
By: Mark Murray
Reference: Microsoft: Netscape a
Comment: Economist Warren-Boulton concluded on the
basis of documents from Microsoft that there has been a “really
dramatic increase in the cost of the operating system relative to the
other components”

Clearly, this doesn’t necessarily conflict
with the statement that “Microsoft’s operating systems are a very small
percentage of the cost of a personal computer” [I left some
adjectives]. Therefore, Mr. Murray says that the government is “lying”
without even going so far as to point out a misrepresentation.

Quote: Microsoft hasn’t denied consumer choice, it IS consumer choice.
By: John L. Warden, Microsoft’s lead attorney
Reference: Microsoft: U.S. misinterprets evidence
Comment: The second doesn’t exclude the first, but the former can cause the latter.

Quote: Netscape had what the government would
consider a monopoly in the market for Internet browsers, until the
great Satan, Microsoft, came along.
By: John L. Warden, Microsoft’s lead attorney
Reference: Microsoft: U.S. misinterprets evidence
Comment: Burn the straw men!

Quote: These [exclusive] contracts [with OEM's
and ISP's] were pro-competitive because they reduced Netscape’s
dominance. They gave consumers a choice.
By: John L. Warden, Microsoft’s lead attorney
Reference: Microsoft: U.S. misinterprets evidence
Comment: Mr. Warden should go back to junior high
school and learn to count: 1 – 1 + 1 = 1, while 1 + 1 = 2. His
enthousiasm about the regulatory measures that caused the first
equation should be measured against the value of the second equation: 2
> 1.

Quote: Isn’t it a fact that the June 21, 1995,
meeting was held for the purpose of creating something that could be
called a record to be delivered to the Department of Justice to spur
them on to action against Microsoft?
By: John Warden, lead attorney Microsoft
Reference: Microsoft: We were set up
Comment: Microsoft’s paranoia is going wild.

Quote: I don’t understand how IE is going to
win. The current path is simply to copy everything that Netscape does
packaging and product wise.
By: Jim Allchin
Reference: MS memos show execs keen on leveraging Windows strength
Comment: This was written to Microsoft vice president Paul Maritz.

Quote: We should dedicate a cross-group team to come up with ways to leverage Windows technically more.
By: Jim Allchin, Microsoft
Reference: MS memos show execs keen on leveraging Windows strength

Quote: I do not feel we are going to win on our
current path. We are not leveraging Windows from a marketing
perspective and we are trying to copy Netscape and make IE into a
platform. We do not use our strength — which is that we have an
installed base of Windows and we have a strong OEM shipment channel for
By: Jim Allchin, Microsoft
Reference: MS memos show execs keen on leveraging Windows strength
Comment: This was written to Microsoft vice president Paul Maritz.

Quote: I am convinced we have to use Windows –
this is the one thing they don’t have. We have to be competitive with
features, but we need something more — Windows integration.
By: Jim Allchin, Microsoft
Reference: MS memos show execs keen on leveraging Windows strength
Comment: This was written to vice-president Paul Maritz.

Quote: If you agree that Windows is a huge
asset, then it follows quickly that we are not investing sufficiently
in finding ways to tie IE and Windows together.
By: Jim Allchin, Microsoft
Reference: MS memos show execs keen on leveraging Windows strength
Comment: This was written to Microsoft vice-president Paul Maritz.

Quote: The major reason for this is: to combat
[Netscape] we have to position the browser as “going away” and do
deeper integration on Windows. The stronger way to communicate this is
to have a “new release” of Windows and make a big deal out of it. We
will thus position Memphis as “Windows 98″. IE integration will be the
most compelling feature of Memphis.
By: Paul Maritz, vice-president Microsoft
Reference: MS memos show execs keen on leveraging Windows strength
Comment: This was written in reply to a series of suggestions by Jim Allchin.

Quote: A great lie! An unbelievable lie. Did
anyone utter those words? Our e-mail, every piece of it, has been
I wish we had found somebody who said it. Then we could take him out,
and we could hang the guy, then we’d say OK, mea culpa. We found him -
the guy who said, `I’ll cut off your oxygen.”’
By: Bill Gates
refers to the “We’re going to cut
off their [Netscape's] air supply. Everything they’re selling, we’re
giving away for free.” quote attributed to Microsoft VP Paul Maritz in
the US DOJ’s evidence at the anti-trust trial
Reference: New Yorker magazine interview
Date: 1999-08-08
Comment: Gates is being his usual misleading self when
he implies that this quote could be found in Microsoft’s e-mail. In
fact, it came out in the federal and states anti-trust trial that Intel
exec. Steven McGeady admitted recounting the quote in question to the
New York Times. The New York Times, in turn, published Maritz’s quote
and cited an “anonymous source.” The quote did not come from
Microsoft’s e-mail.

Quote: There’s been absolutely no change in
operating system market-share, there’s been no change in office
productivity suites market-share, no change in the management, the
style, or the practices of that organization, and this has nothing to
do with the DOJ case. I can say that if that’s Microsoft’s best
defense, they’ve got a very desperate strategy in responding to the
DOJ’s case.
By: Scott McNealy
Reference: Newbytes 24 Nov 1998

Quote: Mindcraft takes a full-service approach
to satisfying your testing needs. We work with you to define the goals
you want to achieve via testing. Then, we take over the management and
execution of the testing project from the test plan development to the
final report.
We report the results back to you in a form that satisfies the test goals.
Mindcraft does performance testing in its own test lab or in yours, depending on the requirements of the project.
By: MindCraft
Reference: Our Services

Quote: Microsoft did sponsor the benchmark
testing and the NT server was better tuned than the Linux one. Having
said that, I must say that I still trust the Windows NT server would
have outperformed the Linux one.
By: Ian Hatton
Windows platform manager, Microsoft South-Africa
Reference: Outrage at Microsoft’s independent, yet sponsored NT 4.0/Linux research

Quote: So then we underwent a fairly exhaustive
review of the options both in terms of the technology review as well as
a broader understanding of the business implications, and it was as we
walked down that process and learned more about the Microsoft
technology strategy, it was clear to us that the modular architecture
would make sense in terms of building it seamlessly into AOL.
By: Steve Case, CEO AOL
Comment: Microsoft derives from this statement that AOL
chose MSIE for its technological merits. However, we do read that also
a “broader understanding of business implications” was at stake and
saying that “we learned more about the Microsoft technology strategy”
and the “modular architecture” may very well refer to the upcoming
integration of MSIE in Windows, which effectively outcasts Netscape.

Quote: Nail down the chickens. We’re coming.
By: Ed Muth
Windows NT product manager
Reference: PC Week interview

Quote: The profit motive will end up ruining and tarnishing the altruism people use to promote this thing.
By: James Allchin
senior vice president Microsoft
Reference: PC World: OK, Win 2000 Still Needs Polish

Quote: Microsoft never asked me if it was OK to
send in this number, and they never said it was being sent. They are
apparently building a database that relates Ethernet adapter addresses
to personal information.
By: Robert M. Smith
Reference: President Phar Lab Software

Quote: Credibility hasn’t been injured and doesn’t matter in any event.
By: John Warden
chief trial attorney for Microsoft
Reference: Press statement after last witness had been heard

Quote: The moment you start to discuss
factories, mines, mountains, or even political authority, as perfect
examples of some eternal principle or other, you are not arguing, you
are fighting. That eternal principle censors out all objections,
isolates the issue from its background and its context, and sets going
in you some strong emotion, appropriate enough to the principle, highly
inappropriate to the docks, warehouses, and real estate. And having
started in that mood you cannot stop. A real danger exists. To meet it
you have to invoke more absolute principles in order to defend what is
open to attack. Then you have to defend the defenses, erect buffers,
and buffers for the buffers, until the whole affair is so scrambled
that it seems less dangerous to fight than to keep on talking.
By: Walter Lippmann
Reference: Public Opinion, 1921

Quote: You shouldn’t get overly paranoid thinking that Microsoft’s a broad competitor and it’s not possible to work with us.
By: Bill Gates
Reference: PUBLISHERS’ CONVENTION April 1997

Quote: The government is not trying to destroy
Microsoft, it’s simply seeking to compel Microsoft to obey the law.
It’s quite revealing that Mr. Gates equates the two.
By: government official
Reference: quoted in the Washington Post

Quote: This is a tiny, tiny part of a very long tape and it doesn’t stand for anything more than things can happen with software.
By: William Neukom
senior vice-president of corporate affairs and law, Microsoft
Reference: Reaction on false evidence introduced by Microsoft into the trial

Quote: (From ClieNT Server NEWS – The Only
Independent Observer of Microsoft, Windows NT and other
Phenomena)Redmond Blunders In Name Game Again; Oh Brother, How Dumb Can
You Get by Stuart ZipperThis is so absolutely delicious we can’t stop
chuckling. Microsoft forgot to do its homework when it decided on the
name Windows 2000 for what was originally going to be NT 5.0 (see story
inside). The name was trademarked two-and-a-half years ago by Robert
Kerstein, the former cellular CFO of McCaw Cellular Corporation, on
behalf of his Encyberpedia reference web site.Microsoft pulled the same
stunt with Internet Explorer, going to market with the name despite the
fact that it had already been trademarked by someone else. Redmond
bought its way out of that one, setting a precedent that’s left
Kerstein pondering his options. It will also be recalled that
Microsoft’s choice of the name NT originally raised eyebrows at
Northern Telecom which said it was their nickname.he news that it’s
done it again left Redmond’s spokesmen stuttering. At press time, we
were still waiting to hear back from Microsoft for an explanation of
how it could happen, and just what Redmond plans to do about it.
Kerstein says he’s never been called by Microsoft.Surely somebody in
the Redmond chain-of-command should have noticed…
By: Stuart Zipper
Reference: Redmond Blunders In Name Game Again; Oh Brother, How Dumb Can You Get
Comment: I quote the article in its entirely, as its URL (a top level index page) is bound to be changed.

Quote: If it [the timing of the donation] had anything to do with the antitrust case, we would have told someone
By: Ms. Stonifer
director William H. Gates Foundation
Reference: Responding to the question if the timing of Gates’ $3.3 billion gift to the foundations carrying his

Quote: I regret the remark [at Microsoft's
campus that the judge presiding over the Microsoft antitrust case is a
second- or third rate judge], which was wrong. The case is at a
sensitive point in the negotiations, and the last thing I want is to
interfere with or impede the case.
By: Senator Gorton
Washington State
Reference: Seattle Times: “Gorton regrets criticizing Microsoft judge”

Quote: [As shown by '98Lite',] Windows 98
without Internet Explorer 4 is a working operation system and Internet
Explorer 4.0 is not an vital part of Windows 98.
By: Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
Reference: Sm@rt Reseller

Quote: The merger of Digital and Compaq is a
good thing for Microsoft. Customers look to Compaq for PCs and Digital
for services. … But a lot of times we had questions about Digital.
Now customers can get the best of both worlds.
By: Bill Gates
Reference: speaking at: NationsBanc Montgomery Securities Technology Week Conference in San Francisco
Comment: What we see at present is that Compaq is
rapidly dismantling the part of Digital that competed with Microsoft.
How well did the FTC look at the influence of Microsoft on Compaq when
it considered whether the merger could take place?

Quote: If Microsoft is permitted to crush the
incipient threat to its PC operating system monopoly that independent
browsers and cross-platform technologies pose, the adverse consequences
for competition and innovation are likely to be substantial. They
include the reinforcement of barriers to entry into the operating
system market and the reduction of incentives to innovate by other
firms, especially new technologies whose independent provision may be
regarded as a substitute for, or threat to, the Windows operating
By: Frederick R. Warren-Boulton
Reference: testimony antitrust case

Quote: In each case [browser, java, QuickTime,
Intel's NSP], Microsoft was prepared to act to preclude the supplier of
a potential platform-level software from succeeding in offering the
platform, even if such actions did not ”make sense from a business
By: Franklin M. Fisher
Reference: Testimony US vs Microsoft

Quote: Nothing in our economic policy is so
deeply ingrained, and so little reckoned with by economists, as our
tendency to wait and see if things do not improve by themselves.
By: John Kenneth Galbraith
Reference: The Affluent Society

Quote: Open standards are what create jobs-not
regulation or the old, vertically integrated computer-industry model
our competitors seek to resurrect. Open standards are the reason why PC
sales have soared
By: Bill Gates
Reference: The Economist, June 1998

Pearly Gates and Em-Ballmer
One promises you heaven and the other prepares you for the grave.
By: Ray Noorda
Reference: The Microsoft File: The Secret Case Against Bill Gates, p. 49
Date: 1999-07-08

Quote: One person in Helsinki can quickly write the core of a sophisticated operating system.
By: John Warden, lead attorney Microsoft
Reference: The money’s too good
Comment: We are speaking of the efforts of hundreds of
people over a period of seven years on the kernel alone. If everything
that Microsoft says is part of the “OS”, many more hundreds should be
added for utilities, the graphical toolkit, and the desktop.

Clearly, Microsoft’s judgment on technology is not to be trusted when stated in court.

Quote: If the operating system is in fact a
natural monopoly, then what could be better than having an operating
system that nobody owns?
By: James Love
Reference: The people’s revolution

Quote: Interviewer Alex Vieux: Many
entrepreneurs I talk to are afraid to partner with Microsoft because
they are afraid that you will rip off their technology. If you were a
25-year-old entrepreneur today with a new software product, would you
partner with Microsoft? Bill Gates: In terms of computer industry
successes over the last several years, there’s a pretty clear pattern.
Look at who our partners have been: Intel — look how well they have
done; Compaq, Dell ..
By: Bill Gates
Reference: The red eye takes on Bill Gates again
Comment: In a characteristic evasive move, Mr. Gates
elaborates on the success of hardware companies that partnered with
Microsoft, when asked about the possibilities of software companies to
enter into partnership.

Quote: (..)if you have a product that is less
than revolutionary, then you have to decide whether or not it will end
up being a feature in Windows. We’ve had incredible success in our
acquisitions. Go back to when we bought PowerPoint, FoxPro, or more
recently WebTV and Hotmail. This is certainly one path an entrepreneur
can take.
By: Bill Gates
Reference: The red eye takes on Bill Gates again
Comment: Note that in this article Mr. Gates fails to
spell out any other path. Apparently, the possibilities of
entrepreneurs are limited to a market where Microsoft is the
single-buyer. That looks like a pretty bleak outlook to me.

Quote: IBM’s early business decisions, which
grew out of its rush to get the PC to market, made it easy for other
companies to build compatible machines. The architecture was for sale.
The microprocessor chips from Intel and Microsoft’s operating system
were available to any startup. This openness was a powerful incentive
for component builders, software developers and everbody else in the
By: Chairman Gates
Reference: The Road Ahead (2nd edition)

Quote: I have never known much good done by those who affected to trade for the public good.
By: Adam Smith
Reference: The Wealth of Nations (1776)
Comment: When read in combination with Microsoft’s
repeated claims that they are working for the good of society, not for
that of their shareholders, this quote of Mr. Smith is refreshing.

Quote: Even for the next ten years, [DOS] will have a significant role to play.
By: Bill Gates
Reference: Timeline of Microcomputers (1990-1992)
Comment: How right he is, since even with Windows ’98,
we have all that DOS cruft embedded in for that sacred cow, backwards
compatibility. This also happens to reduce the efficiency and
reliability of the OS.

Quote: I thanked [Compaq's John] Rose for all of his trips to Seattle and his willingness to distract a lot of time for the lawsuit.
By: Bill Gates
Reference: Trial exhibit …
Comment: John Rose claimed to have had contact with
Microsoft only when Microsoft request him to testify at the trial. From
Gates e-mail we glean that Mr. Rose did not speak truthfully.

Quote: the number of developers working on improving Linux vastly exceeds the number of Microsoft developers working on Windows NT
By: Paul Maritz
Microsoft senior vice president of Systems
Reference: trial testimony

Quote: Any outcome to this lawsuit that would
require Microsoft to allow computer manufacturers to pick and choose
which parts of Windows they would like to install would destroy its
most valuable feature: the compatibility across a wide range of
hardware and software products made possible by the cohesive,
well-defined operating system service it provides. Absent such
compatibility, the development of new products for use with Windows
will be slowed, costs will rise, computers built on Windows will
generally be less useful, and demand for such computers will decline.
By: Paul Maritz
senior vice-president Microsoft
Reference: trial testimony

Quote: What we made it clear to Apple is we
would not continue to do future versions of MacOffice. so, the issue
here was our continuing to put effort into developing applications for
an entity that was essentially trying to put us out of business. (..)
What he [MS Chief Financial Officer Greg Maffei] told apple was that in
the context of a patent suit, that we would be compelled to announce to
the world that we would not be doing future versions of MacOffice.
By: Paul Maritz
senior vice-president Microsoft
Reference: trial testimony

Quote: Linux is a very complete and
sophisticated operating system. And there is a lot of work being done
to improve it in and of itself, particularly to make it easier to use
and easier for people to set up on their personal computers.
By: Paul Maritz
senior vice-president of platforms and applications, Microsoft
Reference: trial testimony, 28 Jan 1999 am session

Quote: In a recent conversation, Microsoft’s
counsel asserted that these are sufficient to link together the tables
within each database. However, the data supplied to us contains tables
whose names do not appear in the documentation, and the documentation
appears to list tables that were not included in the data we received.
The documentation provided also identifies but does not otherwise
define or describe the variables included in the tables.
Comment: It is becoming interesting to seek to
distinguish a pattern in Microsoft’s unwillingness to provide
information, either to the public or to any party such as Caldera or
the DOJ that has to return to the court to request that Microsoft is
compelled to pass over the requested information that they are entitled

Quote: No corporate PC manager, in fact no one
outside of the Microsoft organization, has ever described a Web browser
to me as operating system software or as part of Windows 95 or any
other operating system.
By: Glenn Weadock
Reference: US vs. Microsoft testimony

Quote: David Boies: So you don’t remember
what you were thinking when you wrote it and you don’t remember what
you meant when you wrote it; is that fair?
Chairman Gates: As well as not remembering writing it.
By: deposit antitrust case
Reference: Video shown in court 16 Nov 1998

Quote: It just tells you how desperate Microsoft
is for a competitor that they’re holding up a software box produced by
100 guys in the hills of North Carolina. Who are they trying to kid?
By: Robert Young
CEO Redhat Software
Reference: Washington Post

Quote: Robert Young (CEO Redhat
Software): We are absolutely not a viable competitor at this time. We
have every intention of being one. But how long will it take?
Realistically, it will be 20 years.

[Washington Post: Microsoft executives scoffed yesterday at Young's two-decade prediction.]
Tod Nielsen
(Manager Microsoft developer relations): I think that is ridiculously
pessimistic. Paradigm shifts happen in our industry every six months,
and any attempt to predict more than a few years into the future
becomes very doubtful.

By: Robert Young
Reference: Washtington Post

Quote: We’re excited to be working with JavaSoft
on such an important advance in the state of the arts, and WebTV is
very excited to be the first licensee of PersonalJava.
By: Phil Goldman, co-founder and senior vice-president WebTV
Reference: WebTV drops plans for java support
Comment: Of course, collaborating with Sun is a no-go
no that Microsoft has acquired WebTV. Java is out and will return only
when WebTV has remodelled its product on Microsoft’s WinCE that is to
contain a proprietary non-standard derivative of java.

Quote: Most of our users don’t know what an URL
is. What people don’t realize about WebTV is that the main
characteristics that people buy it for are reliability and ease of use,
not innovation. Innovation is something we have to slip in without
compromising reliability and ease of use.
By: Steve Perlman, co-founder and president WebTV
Reference: WebTV drops plans for java support
Comment: Ergo, they will adopt WinCE, but not PersonalJava.

Quote: [The Department of Justice's antitrust
case is] a return ofthe Luddites, reactionaries who went around
smashing machines with sledgehammers.
By: John Warden, lead trial attorney Microsoft
Reference: What are the standards for Microsoft?
Comment: Strange, the DOJ doesn’t seem to be adverse to the technology of other party’s.

Quote: Test results like these help explain why Windows NT Server 4.0 has so much support.
By: Microsoft
Reference: Windows NT Server 4.0 faster, more scalable than Linux as a file and Web server, tests show

Quote: When you taunt the referee, he usually
watches you even more closely. That’s what happened to Microsoft, whose
“up yours!” attitude toward the Department of Justice has inspired
investigators to dig even deeper. Now they’re looking at Microsoft’s
efforts to take over Java. These relentless investigations sap
Microsoft, and distract the DOJ from worse dangers such as Intel. And
Microsoft’s childish, insulting behavior is largely to blame.
By: Jesse Berst
Reference: ZDNet Anchordesk
Comment: Indeed, Intel fights those delivering
“plug-compatible” products by defining new and closed interfaces to
keep them at bay. Furthermore, Intel is alleged to be not very pretty
to small companies producing specialized chips that dependent on Intel.
But then, these practices are familiar from Microsoft too, and …
Intel at least has plug-compatible competition, which Microsoft has not.

Quote: You can stand on your head. I cannot accept your word anymore. You have lost your credibility.
By: Judge Sporkin to Microsoft lawyer Richard Urowsky
Reference: “Overdrive” by James Wallace, p. 253

Quote: Interviewer: Is studying computer science
the best way to prepare to be a programmer?Gates: No, the best way to
prepare is to write programs, and to study great programs that other
people have written. In my case, I went to the garbage cans at the
Computer Science Center and I fished out listings of their operating
By: Bill Gates
Reference: “Programmers at Work” by Microsoft Press, interview with Bill
Comment: Given their secrecy about sources, Microsoft
is clearly an uninteresting organization for those who want to learn
the trade of programming. If Mr. Gates is right, open source software
holds more promise to skill and therefore career, than Microsoft does.

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