Billwatch Snippets Database – Part III
|Snippet:||You can find the full testimony at:
If you want to define a peck-order at Microsoft, I guess Kempin would rank just after Maritz.
|Snippet:||Despite news articles that Dell has
broken the ranks to support Linux, nothing much seems to have changed
at Microsoft’s top cheerleader among hardware vendors. Linux support
still doesn’t go further than pre-installing Linux for large orders of
server machines at a price that is higher than a Windows NT license
(Could NT be included?)
To consumers that either want no Windows
Here is a discussion of a recent attempt to get a refund from Dell: http://lists.essential.org/am-info/msg01700.html
|Snippet:||This article summarizes the efforts of
Microsoft’s defense team to date and examines some alternate strategies
that might have proven more fruitful.
“Microsoft’s lawyers also
|Snippet:||Gates thanks Compaq witness for help over trial
Compaq testimony points to murky secrets of MS relationship
|Snippet:||…you can try: http://www.newslinx.com/newstopics/reno_vs_gates.html
No frills, just links. And they are maintained on a daily (hourly?) basis.
(Link courtesy of Rick Fane.)
|Snippet:||On the basis of the information that
has come out in the open, Graham Lea has reconstructed the recent
development of the Microsoft-Compaq relationship.
|Snippet:||The Microsoft Java debacle, where
Microsoft licenses Sun’s Java and then tries to sieze control of it, is
already well-known. The testimony today of Microsoft executive in
charge of DirectX multimedia technologies Eric Engstrom brings up the
topic of how similar the situation with Apple QuickTime is. Microsoft
initially acquired their multi-media playback techonology through
Intel, which acquired it from a contractor who did work on Apple’s
QuickTime technology. Once Microsoft got a hold of their competitor’s
technology, they proceed to develop their own incompatible version of
In Engstrom’s testimony, he denies telling Apple that
A report on the testimony can be found here:
|Snippet:||Business Week Online-
“In the afternoon session, Eric Engstrom refused to be intimidated, but
that came after another shaky morning for Daniel Rosen”
|Snippet:||Sm@rt Reseller By Mary Jo Foley, “One of the stronger witnesses MS has sent to testify holds his ground.”|
|Snippet:||Inter@ctive Week By Will Rodger, Shows videos to demonstrate PC makers were free to use non-MS browsers and ISPs.
‘But Boies zeroed in on what computer makers “cannot do.”
- “The main lesson to be learned is that the trade names that are
important to Microsoft and others have been recognized as valuable and
cannot be taken and misappropriated by others”
|Snippet:||ProComp brought together some familiar quotes in “Joachim Kempin – The Enforcer”: http://www.procompetition.org/xp/p-headlines/i-current/a-919880696/p_article.view|
“A Microsoft demonstration of how easy it is for OEMs to customise the
Windows desktop shown yesterday was in breach of Microsoft’s OEM
licensing agreements. Or at least, it was if the OEM isn’t one of a
handful of top PC manufacturers.”
the Register – How MS tried to keep the lid on its OEM customers
keynote speech by a senior executive at the Intel Developer Forum in
Palm Springs this morning was received by delegates with hisses and
“Engstrom’s courtroom appearance was unusual in two respects. First, he
was not cross-examined by the government’s lead attorney, David Boies,
who has handled the previous nine Microsoft witnesses. And second,
Engstrom did not provide any e-mail to the government relating to the
Apple allegations. He testified Tuesday that he routinely deletes his
(This seems to be the only effective method for a Microsoft executive to retain his credibility.)
Washington Post – Microsoft Officials Deny Sabotage
|Snippet:||Computer Reseller News
- “In a videotape preceding Kempin’s testimony, a Microsoft product
manager demonstrated customization options available to several OEMs
including Sony, Compaq and a fictional company created for the purposes
of the demonstration.”
“Boies went after the videotape
from another angle, after getting Kempin to acknowledge that Microsoft
had initially made a videotape to accompany his testimony last
November, but that the company made a new videotape earlier this month.”
Sm@rt Reseller – MS: OEMs can’t rewrite Windows
Sm@rt Reseller – MS v. DOJ: What went wrong?
|Snippet:||PCWorld ‘No matter how the “antitrust trial of the century” turns out, one verdict is already in: Consumers have lost.’|
|Snippet:||ZDNET News By Charles Cooper
An overview of the deposition of Microsoft senior vice president Bob Muglia who is expected to take the stand on Friday.
a) They are much smarter than anyone else.
There, now even I can see that it’s all right.
Judge grills Microsoft exec
Company set Windows price without regard to competition, exec says
Vandals at the gates
MS exec denies Java claims
|Snippet:||The ruling phrase in Microsoft’s agreements with OEMs is “Do not modify…”.
See John Lettice’s analysis of the standard agreement in The Register: http://www.theregister.co.uk/990226-000001.html
Another interesting part of Mr. Maritz testimony is
Anybody who has read Mr. Maritz
During the trial, Microsoft has
And yet, the
Lesson from this ironic story: change means something
|Snippet:||Microsoft Witness Peppered With Questions From Judge
NY Times By JOEL BRINKLEY
do you think integration made it a better product?” Jackson asked. His
tone, normally amiable with questioning witnesses, was tinged with
skepticism bordering on incredulity.
Rosen takes lead as least credible MS witnessthe Register
Trial Focuses On Document From Gateway
Microsoft endgame looms
Microsoft’s “Harpoon” Defense
Microsoft Picks Prices Without Worry of Competition
Company set Windows price without regard to competition, exec says
Microsoft’s Kempin Sure Has a Way with Words
Judge grills Microsoft executive
|Snippet:||Louis Gass�e, CEO of Be Inc., who seems
to become more critical of Microsoft’s practices as more becomes known,
is putting Joachim Kempin’s explanations into the perspective of a
competitor. His experience is that price and quality of an operating
system cannot give OEMs sufficient incentive to provide it to users.
Stories about Dell and IBM are to mollify critics, but they load only
server, not PC’s. The brave OEM that dared to pre-install Be on its
computer systems, didn’t dare to show this to those that start up the
machine. It is part of the universally enforced “Windows Experience”
that no other operating system may show up at any start-up screen. The
best you can get is a separate boot sequence from a floppy with the
help of a paper manual, even though this could easily be accomplished
technically by adapting the boot sequence.
|Snippet:||Final Witness in Microsoft Trial
NPR News (Real Audio)
Listen as NPR’s John McChesney talks with All Things Considered host Robert Siegel.
Microsoft Rests in Antitrust Trial
MS, Justice: “We”re Winning!?
Judge shouts at Microsoft witness
Microsoft trial recesses with defense in disarray
Will Bill Gates testify after break?
Time to run up the white flag for MS?
If Microsoft loses, what next?
With a Microsoft victory looking bleak, what’s ahead?
|Snippet:||The Microsoft trial: An unwavering defense rests its case
Seattle Times by James V. Grimaldi and Jay Greene
U.S. Lawyer in Antitrust Case Has Steel-Trap Memory
For Microsoft, Humbled May Not Mean Defeated
For Microsoft, Humbled May Not Mean Defeated
Judge loses his temper on last day before break
“Did you want to
Microsoft trial judge loses patience
Even If Microsoft Crashes, It May Not Get Burned
|Snippet:||Time and again Microsoft has told that
its java virtual machine is the fasted available. Usually, their
reference is a PC Week article from April 1998. Rather telling about
this article is that the author “consulted” with Microsoft to rewrite
the test after it was initially broken by Microsoft’s JVM. Such a
request was not made to Sun, even though a problem with Sun’s JVM to
pass a test was indicated.
It should baffle anyone who looks for
The argument is invalid
See JavaWorld article “The Volano Report”: http://www.javaworld.com/javaworld/jw-03-1999/jw-03-volanomark.html
Correction: Oops, its PC Magazine that Microsoft refers to, not PC Week. It was the only the latter publication that was openly selective in who it consulted when they needed support for java.
|Snippet:||Okay, its a bit after the fact, but you can find Robert Muglia’s testimony here: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/trial/mswitness/muglia/muglia.htm
For one fact, Mr. Muglia claims that Sun is
The conflict with the statements
On the other hand,
Mr. Muglia claims that Sun is using its
Mr. Muglia’s testimony is an
|Snippet:||“Linux is a hype-rich topic at the
moment in the marketplace. (..) The great majority of our customers are
not considering Linux.”
Ed Muth, Microsoft’s group product manager for Windows NT
Perhaps public statements such as Mr.
This will be an interesting track to follow.
The quote is from “Linux legions devoted to alternative”: http://cbs.marketwatch.com/archive/19990228/news/current/linux.htx?source=htx/http2_mw&dist=srch
|Snippet:||Well, there are no http://freshmeat.net like menus for items at The Register yet, so I’ll just insert a batch of links here:
All articles were written by Graham Lea except where noted.
|Snippet:||Time For Microsoft To Surrender?
Sm@artResellerBy Connie Guglielmo, Will Rodger and Lisa M. Bowman
Another review of the trial and a discussion of possible remedies.
Hot Button: If I were Microsoft’s attorney
Gov’t Clear Favorite in Microsoft Trial
Interview: Neukom, Boies state their case
All Is Not Dark for Microsoft
Justice’s Remedy May Hurt Consumers
Viewing Microsoft Through Different Windows
Issue of Harm to Consumers a Key Question
Microsoft, U.S. Have Everything to Settle For
Vendors Complained About Microsoft’s Licenses
Microsoft’s Last Stand
Observers Taking Stock of Microsoft Trial
Microsoft Trial Recesses With Defense In Disarray
The Microsoft Mind-Set
Fireworks at Microsoft Trial Before Spring Break
Microsoft Trial Reaches a New Crossroads
ZDNN has done an interview of
This is the “Microspin” on what by every other account has been a compelling set of evidence shown by the government.
Neukom goes on to claim that “if any plausible benefit can be shown by integration of the Web browser with the operating system, the case goes away.” The trouble with that is Judge Jackson keeps asking “what is the benefit of integrating the Web browser with the operating system?”
Neukom then says that
I agree with that as far as to say that
The text of the interview can be found here.
|Snippet:||Such is the title of an editorial by Tom Steinert-Threlkeld of Inter@ctive Week Online.
Unfortunately for Microsoft,
You can find the Inter@ctive Week Online editorial here:
ZDNN’s John Dvorak posts a preview of Microsoft’s plans for the consumer version of the next generation of Windows:
|Snippet:||With the current trend of having
trademarks give right to domainnames, I am somewhat surprised that the
linux.com is worth much at all, as Linux is a trademark of Linus
Torvalds. Nevertheless, the domain was registered by an early kernel
hacker in 1994 and sold – allegedly for over a million dollars – to the
best known Linux OEM, VA Research.
Rumors have it that other
|Snippet:||ProComp published two articles with
detailed criticism on the testimony of many of Microsoft’s witnesses.
One contains issues on which the testimony failed, the other with
issues on which the witnesses conceded points to the DoJ.
A must read.
See: “Microsoft defense falls flat”, http://www.procompetition.org/xp/p-headlines/i-current/a-920474547/p_article.view
and “Microsoft concessions during cross-examination”, http://www.procompetition.org/xp/p-headlines/i-current/a-920474854/p_article.view
|Snippet:||According to this article:
|Snippet:||I certainly miss the Microsoft
antitrust trial. You could usually count on it to provide a lot more
laughs than anything in the comic section.
Advocate Issues Windows Warning
Those Nasty Little Lawsuits
Microsoft-Bristol trial taking shape
Senator to DOJ: Back Off
Foes and Allies Say Microsoft Has Stumbled in Case
Group Endorses Microsoft Breakup
Remedies in Microsoft case could shift balance of power
Readers react to 49.7-day Windows glitch
|Snippet:||For a few moments I thought that Paul
Maritz had offered himself as kind of hostage when claiming that Linux
was a threat to Microsoft. I say “hostage”, because Microsoft’s PR
machine cannot make claims against Linux without at the same time
undermining Maritz’ testimony and therewith decreasing the chance of a
positive verdict in any of the courts the anti-trust trial goes through.
Mr. Muth claims that Linux is not viable because it
Eh, Ed, any comments on the
It would delight me to have Mr. Muth
|Snippet:||At least since Windows95, Microsoft has
used the Windows registration wizard to build up a global global
personalia database. Every Word or Excel file produced on Windows is
stamped with the unique identity number with which Microsoft can trace
back the original author.
If Microsoft goes through so much
New York Times article re-published by Mercury Center:
LinuxToday editorial by Paul Ferris:
|Snippet:||Eric Bennett wrote a thoughtful article
on possible remedies for Microsoft’s monopolistic abuses. It was
published at Boycott Microsoft (http://www.vcnet.com/bms/).
|Snippet:||Mr. Livingston who is one of the worlds
leading experts on using Windows, columnist for Infoworld and author of
the Windows Secrets series of books, is examining Microsoft’s claim
that Internet Explorer can’t be removed from Windows 98. Naturally he
refers to the Windows 98Lite site by Shane Brooks. In his column he
lists some of the pros and cons of this project and invites his readers
to try it and email their results. He also promises to print the
official Microsoft response next week. That should be entertaining
I’ve toyed with the idea of trying Windows 98 Lite but
|Snippet:||Microsoft’s present behavior is
analysed as the result of people actually believing what they say, even
though it is false. In other words, Microsoft spokespersons and
executives have lost contact with reality. This has happened because
they have completely lost interest in reality. All that matters in
Redmond nowadays is the stories they tell themselves.
Such an illogical attitude is not
In answer to an LA Times interview question “How do you view the Microsoft and Intel antitrust trials through the lens of your business?”, Dell CEO Michael Dell responds:
The full article can be found here:
|Snippet:||David Cardinal sent in the following
links. They are not recent, but good reading, and, AFAIK, they haven’t
appeared here before.
“Network Effects and Microsoft”
“Programs are Programs”
“The Bad Faith of Microsoft”
“Who is really running Microsoft?” – NC World – November 1997
|Snippet:||Microsoft is to buy a 15% share of
Reciprocal, a company that manages rights for various media. This is to
amount to $15 million.
Apparently, Reciprocal couldn’t get much
|Snippet:||The issue of “market development
funds”, now known from the OEM Windows “rebates”, is related to shelf
space in retail. Also the issue of incompatible file formats is
touched. (It doesn’t matter that you can work perfectly well with your
wordprocessing software: you must buy a new version as other people
send you documents “encrypted” with the new file format.)
|Snippet:||A technical recommendation counts for
little in Microsoft country. A Washington state educational
organization cannot simply follow a recommendation to adopt UNIX and
Oracle for their central data services. They owe favors to Microsoft.
Considering products on the basis of price and quality has been cast aside by the educational board of directors. “We want to make sure Microsoft is considered. They have, after all, been very generous.” and “If
It is clear that despite the recommendation the choice has already been made in favor of Microsoft:
Given that Mr. Albino here re-iterates the
|Snippet:||The current Microsoft anti-trust trial
has changed the way many people think of the company. Before, the
perception was that Microsoft was a successful but ruthless competitor.
The common wisdom is that the ruthlessness could be forgiven because
their products were, after all, “good enough.” In the trial, Microsoft
appears as an out-of-control monopolist which, at best, has no
appreciation for the competitive consequences of its actions in the
software marketplace. With the trial in recess and many people
pondering possible remedies, now is a good time for some historical
To that end, I have written up a summary of
under the Billwatch “Background” section.
|Snippet:||Dave Heiner is Senior Corporate Attorney, Microsoft Law and Corporate Affairs.
A memo from him to inform Microsoft employees on the status of the trial has been leaked.
Other touches of Mr.
If Microsoft doesn’t manage to shut up the
|Snippet:||The joint venture is called Zoom and
the partner is Hong Kong Telecom. Nothing much to say about it, but
given Microsoft’s pattern of buying into cable companies I wanted to
Microsoft’s strategy was explained – without being
|Snippet:||Cringely is of the opinion that you could get fired for buying Microsoft.
There’s no point in
Linux is well known for requiring fewer resources and its current popularity should make it easy to get it in the front door.
It’s the right product at the right time.
See: I, Cringely
Senator Slade Gorton goes to bat for
|Snippet:||One rarely sees side-stepping from the ideological battles to see what actually happens in the world.
Another characteristic of the
Aside from rejecting the laws of state,
So much for
|Snippet:||Nice speculations on what will happen when the trial resumes.|
|Snippet:||The page’s background make the advice pretty much unreadable but it is still a good read:
|Snippet:||With the trial being in recess things are rather quiet, even at The Register.
“MS reorg – Gates burnt out, so spin him off?”
|Snippet:||The article most discussed in other
articles today is one describing how Microsoft is going to talk about
the AOL/Netscape/Sun deal – none of which sells desktop operating
systems – to show that the Windows monopoly offers no power for
Microsoft to influence the result of it’s ambitions in other markets.
|Snippet:||Last summer Gates gave up the
presidency of Microsoft in favor of Steve Ballmer. I wish I had the
announcements somewhere that were telling the world that Gates would
become a kind of “chief technologist”, totally focusing on, yes,
innovation in product design.
Since then, Gates hasn’t found
Anyway, just after Maritz’s
|Snippet:||When asked about specific e-mails
stressing that certain actions and strategies are “important” or of
“first importance”, Bill Gates has often claimed that he didn’t know
that he received the e-mail at all and when shown the text, he often
claimed that he didn’t understand what key phrases meant and he had not
acted upon this malunderstanding by asking for clarification. When
critics focus on Microsoft’s strategic decisions by reading e-mails,
Microsoft’s main defense is that these are “merely” e-mails, having no
causal role in the decision making process.
However, outside the
Another great piece of advice is: “Convert every paper process to a digital process” (Can you imagine, a paperless office!)
Here is a link to a ZDNet article outlining the twelve
This article from the New York Times News Service:
|Snippet:||Symbian to KO Microsoft at CeBIT?
the Register by Tero Kuittinen
seems that Microsoft is too late in arriving to the mobile
communications party. This article makes a convincing argument that not
even Microsoft’s astronomical resources can make them competitive in
Tipping the antitrust scales
Gates May Contradict Trial in Book
Advice to Gates: Break up Microsoft or quit
|Snippet:||Although it might seem that Microsoft
has received its share of criticism during the trial, I think that
merely the top of the iceberg has shown up.
Although the press
(ruthlessly modified after initial posting)
|Snippet:||From the “Drudge Report”:
|Snippet:||Earlier this year, Koreans had reason
to be upset about the prime Korean word processor vendor being bought
by Microsoft on the condition that they drop their popular
In the antitrust trial, Microsoft has
Given that Koreans have on
If there was choice in the
FSC probing Microsoft dispute
FTC begins probe into Microsoft’s alleged unfair trading practices; Campaign against software giant spreading among PC vendors
|Snippet:||So far Microsoft has only ported its applications to the platform of its “partner” Apple.
Anyway, I consider it a
Let’s make sure Microsoft gets the Word on Linux
The trade press
Did I hear “choice”?
|Snippet:||For some time it seemed as if Microsoft
was aiming at standards compliance: they cooperated on defining HTML
4.0, CSS, DOM, and XML.
The faith in Microsoft’s sincerity was
It is one thing that
W3C [False, should be "WSP"!] disappointed with IE 5.0
Update:Better check out the WSP press release instead of Newsbytes’ rehash referred to above: http://www.webstandards.org/ie5.txt
Despite the recess of the anti-trust trial, all is not quiet on that front. This New York Daily News article
Last year’s news of AOL buying out Netscape
|Snippet:||Since Paul Maritz’s testimony in court
that was to demonstrate the reality of Linux being a threat to the
Windows monopoly, Microsoft executives such as Ed Muth and Bill Gates
have publicly and repeatedly undermined Maritz’s claims.
Learning to read Bill Gates
|Snippet:||The “bug” that has been filling
Microsoft’s databases with information on individuals through the
Windows registration without asking for their consent hasn’t been
received with much pleasure anywhere.
TrustE isn’t all
Junkbusters isn’t happy because they seem to have an interest in protecting privacy:
Junkbuster’s GUID news item
Junkbusters: Microsoft and the GUID
Junkbuster’s account of Microsoft’s past record
The Register isn’t happy, or they wouldn’t mention a something as accusatory as:
MS threatened by Euro privacy probe
And of course, Microsoft
Dear valued customer
Dear valued customer (updated version)
According to this ZDNN article,
|Snippet:||Brian Livingston has been looking into
Windows 98 Lite which is a hybrid of Win95 and Win98 that provides most
of the benefits of Windows 98 without using IE4. In the first of these
three columns he invited users to try this experiment and report their
results. Microsoft’s official response is the subject of the second
column, nothing new here if you’ve been following the trial. The final
column is his report of the feedback from users who have tried it. The
bottom line is that Windows 98 Lite really is faster, leaner and more
stable than Windows 98.
So when Judge Jackson asks about how the
Microsoft responds to the easy removal of IE from Windows 98
Readers report their results in removing IE from Windows 98
Wear clean underwear, because you never know when Microsoft is looking
Got your number: Think you can beat Microsoft? You’d better think again
Here’s a little excerpt from the current PC Week Spencer F. Katt column:
|Snippet:||The Register’s Graham Lea writes up an excellent background
on the current rumours that Microsoft seeks a settlement to the
anti-trust case. This brings back memories of last year’s pretend
pre-trial settlement negotiations where Microsoft abruptly walked out
after having nothing substantial to offer but nonetheless blamed the
DOJ for the breakdown in the talks. Here, Microsoft says they want to
settle but has already placed the pre-condition that they have the
right to add anything they want to Windows. If this really is a
non-negotiable position as Microsoft says it is, any “settlement talks”
are doomed to fail since Microsoft’s practice of adding features to its
monopoly Windows operating system to disadvantage competitors is the
core of the anti-trust case. As such, it is once again the “settlement
talks” that never were.
|Snippet:||In February news articles mentioned
that two class-action lawsuits had been filed against Microsoft, one of
which by a retired Californian engineer.
As I found out today, the other was filed by Gravity, Inc., a company specializing in document management services.
Here are the first two paragraphs from their press release:
The company’s website contains
|Snippet:||Charged with unfair monopolistic
pricing by Korean retailers, Microsoft has answered that it uses the
same price structure everywhere. This is a nice answer to the
additional claim, but it doesn’t answer the demands of Korean retailers
that the price of Windows isn’t made twice as expensive for retailers
as it is for OEMs.
As explained by Bill Gates in “The Road
Just as I buy my computers from a small company that
An additional claim of the Koreans is that Microsoft
Massive ralley against Microsoft due today
|Snippet:||TRUSTe is an organization that licenses websites fulfilling certain privacy criteria.
After a request from member Junkbusters, it investigated the GUID matter with regard to microsoft.com.
The conclusion of the report states:
|Snippet:||Bristol has published the list of expert and company witnesses that it will call to the stand in June when its
antitrust trial against Microsoft will commence.
Bristol Technology names witnesses in Microsoft antitrust case
Bristol seeks access to Caldera documents
|Snippet:||Hard work for me, fun for you. If you
don’t want to wait until the fragments pop up at the top of this page,
you can check out the following article on Gates’ keynote address at
Microsoft’s Latin America Enterprise Solutions Conference ’99 in Miami.
Split Up Microsoft? No Way, Says Gates
|Snippet:||Chosun Ilbo’s front page displays an image of a groups protesters against Microsoft’s high price for Windows:
http://www.chosun.com/g__.html The text with the image is:
I’m impressed by this number of people that actually take the trouble to abandon their place of work to take to the streets.
A description of the motivation behind the protest can be found here: http://www.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/199903/199903240374.html
Meanwhile a crackdown on illegal software in Korea is announced: http://www.hk.co.kr/14_3/199903/t4351284.htm and http://www.koreaherald.co.kr/kh0325/m0325b13.html
(All links were taken from an item at http://www.linuxtoday.com/)
|Snippet:||In 1997, Microsoft reported that 1 million downloads of MSIE 4 occurred place within two days after its release.
Reuters now reports:
ZDNet published the same article under the title “Microsoft
|Snippet:||Remember how Gates was to give the MS
presidency to Ballmer in order to be able to concentrate more
completely on product development?
Well, that was last summer.
In New York Gates used the opportunity to produce another round of FUD on Linux.
Gates Downplays Linux Threat
Let’s sum up what we find here:
|Snippet:||MS planning shedloads of Windows NT variants
http://www.theregister.co.uk/990326-000008.html by John Lettice
MS-DoJ deal talks scheduled for Tuesday
I very much appreciate the following fragment of the latter article:
|Snippet:||Bill Parish is an independent tax
consultant. He wrote a report on one aspect of financial reporting that
influences profit reports.
Mr. Parish expects Microsoft to
Microsoft’s stock is pushed up by its creative
Mr. Parish proposes a number of remedies to prevent this anti-competitive effect of Microsoft’s accounting practices.
Bill Parish Proposes MSFT DOJ Remedy to Robert Parry, Fed Governor.
|Snippet:||American Dream late 1990′s style: get
university funding to start up a company, make it moderately
successful/promising, sell it lock-stock-and-barrel to Microsoft.
In “The Road Ahead” Gates mentions Marc Andreessen to show how students can start up companies and become successful.
AFAIK, since Netscape no startup attained more than a modest success. I’d like to learn of any really successful startups.
As for the Numinous Technologies buyout, see: http://www.news.com/News/Item/0,4,34327,00.html?st.ne.lh..ni
Going into the reported talks
Update: According to this analysis from ZDNN,
|Snippet:||Some two weeks ago ProComp published a status report on United States vs. Microsoft.
I heartily recommend it as a way to get an overview of what
Status Report: March 1999
|Snippet:||Pretty rough opinion piece:
"Microsoft and its allies will
"I only hope the government
Still, here's some unsolicited advice to the people
Weasel wording is a Microsoft specialty. (..)"
Best be very wary of Microsoft bearing settlement offer
|Snippet:||Scott Rosenberg ain’t no friend of Bill and he sure isn’t getting any friendlier.
"But your eyes may glaze over as Gates delivers example
"In his new book, Gates re-creates this
Why Bill Gates still doesn’t get the Net
|Snippet:||Gates promo tour cost to exceed book revenues
Gates interviews – more rewrites of history from Bill
States push for shackles on MS in settlement talks
First MS-DoJ settlement talks fail to leak
All articles by Graham Lea.
|Snippet:||When the DoJ investigated the effects
of a possible acquisition of Intuit by Microsoft, they subpoenaed other
companies. Microsoft used the occasion to demand access to this
information. Here are some fragments from “The Microsoft File” by Wendy
Goldman-Rohm on that matter:
 "After an extensive
(PS For an impression of how Microsoft goes to court, a fragment from the book below the one just quoted: “The
|Snippet:||Although Microsoft claims that the
Caldera DR-DOS lawsuit is irrelevant because the lifetime of the
technology expired, they are still keen on designating nearly every
document in evidence on the matter as “confidential”.
benefit for Microsoft is that it can thus effectively force the trial
behind closed doors as otherwise none of the evidence can be brought in.
press release from Caldera brings forward the overdesignation of
confidentiality, a list of three news agencies interested in lifting
the restrictions, a procedure to resolve the matter, an explanation of
the effect of Microsoft’s monopoly on public statements wrt this part
of its history, and a couple of cheesy quotes.
The San Jose
Microsoft initially designated 99% of
On two prior occasions, Caldera asked this Court to require Microsoft to stop misusing the Protective Order.2
|Snippet:||Boy, oh boy. Microsoft claims by mouth
of Craig Beilinson, a Windows product manager, that businesses really
shouldn’t haven fallen for Windows9X as they should have bought Windows
NT (Oops, that translates to quite a sum for money as Windows9X is
ubiquitous in business environments.)
I don’t usually care to
ComputerWorld: “EDS Y2K about-face raises Win 95 doubts”
|Snippet:||You want to hear music? Then you must
pay for the exorbitantly high priced Windows operating system. This is
the reasoning behind Microsoft’s new proprietary audio format and their
sinking of boat loads of money into locking content exclusively into
|Snippet:||The title says it all: “THE POWER OF
OPENNESS – Why Citizens, Education, Government and Business Should Care
About the Coming Revolution in Open Source Code Software”
Putting up my free software advocate’s hat I highly recommend it.
|Snippet:||U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton demonstrates
that he has got that Microsoft mindset. He has taken it upon himself to
poke Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson with a pointed stick. Microsoft’s
spokesman was uncharacteristically tactful in trying to distance the
company from these comments.
Gorton slams Microsoft trial judge during visit to Redmond campus
|Snippet:||In court, vice-president Paul Maritz
testified that he expected that cable companies were to play a
determining role in what software is actually going to be distributed.
|Snippet:||After writing “Microsoft’s Holy War on Java” (http://www.news.com/SpecialFeatures/0,5,26707,00.html), CNET reporter Dan Goodin found himself subpoenaed by Microsoft.
Microsoft subpoenas news reporter for secret documents
Cnet Reporter Wins First Amendment Victory in Microsoft Dispute http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/1999/04/01/BU81796.DTL
Despite Microsoft’s many investments
PointCast plight reveals Microsoft plans
|Snippet:||This L. A. Times
article sounds a bit anti-Microsoft at the start but then it seems to
damn Linux and other open source projects with faint praise. There’s a
lot of the usual FUD about Linux fragmenting because there isn’t a
single benevolent authority to keep the troops from breaking ranks. The
moral of the story seems to be that even the merest hint of competition
will keep those honest and hardworking folks in Redmond working hard to
make the world a better place for you and me.
Well, it says ‘INNOVATION’ right above the title. Does that mean Charles Piller is on Bill’s payroll?
|Snippet:||I got another kind note in which I was tactfully reminded of my lack of HTML hygiene.
Yes I’ve been told before, even though I can’t see them the occasional
The fault is mine and
I have a Linux box that I’ve been tinkering
I’ll stop now
One piece of FUD (Fear, Uncertainty,
|Snippet:||Did you really believe that Microsoft’s
enthousiasm for restricting Internet access to users has anything to do
with protecting children or preventing employees from being distracted
by naughty pictures?
Forget it. The attractiveness of this
The strategy is exemplified in the following fragment of a MS BackOffice tutorial:
Exercise 2: Control User Access to Internet Sites
What You Will Learn
(The fragment comes from about halfway down the page.)
Internet Access Fundamentals
(BTW As I expect history to be rewritten, I have saved the page.)
|Snippet:||Microsoft Diary: Microsoft and Me
Fortune by Joseph Nocera
MS blames Sun for plan to de-emphasise Visual J
|Snippet:||Aside from a nice amount of money
donated by Microsoft to the political party of the attorney general of
South Carolina, Charlie Condon, Microsoft held up another carrot to
this state: it was planning to locate a factory somewhere in the area
and South Carolina might be it. Alas for South Carolina, merely
extending the facilities in North Carolina sufficed for Microsoft.
Naturally, an incentive isn’t necessarily a cause. But then, it could be.
South Carolina not to get Microsoft plant
|Snippet:|| Salon BY JAMAIS CASCIO
A worm virus epidemic
|Snippet:||Less than 48 hours ago, I reported that
a Microsoft BackOffice tutorial explained how to configure denial of
access to Internet sites through the example of www.netscape.com.
The relevant fragment from the new version is:
Exercise 2: Control User Access to Internet Sites
What You Will Learn
(Previously it didn’t refer to “www.denysite.com”, but to “www.netscape.com”.)
Internet Access Fundamentals
|Snippet:||No, they didn’t correct the phrase
after someone in Redmond read this site. It originally came up at the
“Appraising Microsoft” mailinglist (see bottom of: http://www.essential.org/antitrust/microsoft) and was taken up by the New York Times:
What’s Funny at Microsoft? Blocking Netscape’s Web Site
Mr. Breunig also says that if sufficiently many
|Snippet:||"By making the taking of
depositions open to the media, Judge Jackson may find that he is
reading about matters that have not yet been formally entered into
evidence in his own court. This should in fact cause no problem, but it
is likely to increase the stress on those giving depositions. Had media
attendance been permitted when Gates was deposed, he might well have
behaved in a somewhat more mature fashion and not bodged his evidence."
MS judge releases ‘secret’ depositions
|Snippet:||With a Name Like Smuckers What Microsoft Learned (and the Department of Justice Didn’t) From the Grocery Business by Robert X. Cringely
He also mentions the familiar upgrade treadmill
|Snippet:||Mary Jo Foley lays down a part of the messy and ever changing upgrade path for Windows98.
Win98 SE: How not to market a product
Muth just repeats the customary
There is no market
Given the media hoopla on
"We have absolutely no initiatives in this space to announce."
Microsoft to open source? Not likely
|Snippet:||During the past couple of months
Microsoft spokespersons and newscasters closely related to Microsoft
have launched a FUD attack on Linux.
Now the second echelon of Microsoft troops is descending on the Linux community: the lawyers.
Here is the message from linux.de in full:
LINUX.DE muss Linux-Slogan entfernen
Wir wurden k�rzlich von einer bekannten Firma [link to http://www.microsoft.de/]
Wie die Rechtslage bei dieser �hnlichkeit
Karsten M. Self wrote to the forum at http://www.linuxtoday.com/ on this issue:
A search of the US Patent and Trademark Office site (http://www.uspto.gov/) (search: http://trademarks.uspto.gov/access/search-adv.html),
I found the following message from the same forum thread as the above also quite interesting:
From: Ken Witherow
Oops, there goes the
|Snippet:||Gates becomes first man to top $100bn
This piece gives some insight into the Gates fortune and how the money is invested. Perhaps the most revealing bits are:
Gates’ investments seem not to be ones a self-proclaimed technological visionary would make.
|Snippet:||Mr. Alsop observes that whole industries are arising around unprotected products and standards, such as Linux and MP3.
Copyright Protection Is for Dinosaurs
|Snippet:||Mangling facts, self-contradictions,
changing standards, shortly, the works are used to defend the one
principle the author holds: fight everything that would be harmful for
Normally, I silence articles like this one to death,
Nader’s Microsoft Agenda: Progressive Nonprofit Plan for `Free’ Software by Patrick Reilly
Due to Microsoft’s Global User
MS Wags the Privacy Awards
|Snippet:||How the Hotmail ‘cookie monster’ bites
The use of ‘security zones’ in IE 4 and IE 5 may be at the root of a vexing Hotmail problem.
ZDNET or ZDNET UK By Christa Degnan
users seem to feel that Microsoft is guilty of poor planning and they
haven’t been very responsive. The problem is that IE4 and 5 don’t
recognize HotMail as a trusted site. Doesn’t Microsoft own HotMail?
MS tries to speed Win2000 deployment
MS going for Linux sites over satirical slogans?
As an aside, Gates also says that everyone has
|Snippet:||Wired got some additional information – for one thing, I hadn’t noticed that Cybernet merely applied for registration of “Where do you want to go tomorrow?”.
Microsoft spokesman Tom Pilla said that the company is simply trying to prevent customer confusion.
MS Targets Trademark Abuse
|Snippet:||It ain’t heavy, it’s Microsoft
the Boston Globe By Hiawatha Bray
Here’s a livelier slogan, one that accurately describes many Microsoft products: “Two pounds in a one-pound bag.”
Although this LA Times update on the anti-trust settlement talks
In other news this week, Microsoft continues it FUD attacks on Linux. Bill Gates trotted out the tired script
Also, Microsoft has again commissioned Mindcraft
|Snippet:||TechWeb By Mary Mosquera
complain about colleges signing exclusive contracts with Microsoft.
They seem to think that there should be some room for competition.
What’s more, they’re aware that working in this kind of environment
will ensure that they will not be trained to use anything but Microsoft
products. This begs the question–how can this be called “higher
|Snippet:||The Miami Herald seems to have gone
beyond the empty talk of “innovation” and looked at Microsoft’s role in
development of technology over the years.
It still catches
If you're depending on that conqueror to be a leader, you can have a real problem.
Microsoft: It’s one thing to dominate; it’s another to
Update 2: Roy found a new link to the article here: http://www.herald.com/content/today/business/columnists/keating/digdocs/018180.htmHe
|Snippet:||This PC Week article doesn’t contain
anything that wouldn’t be placed in Microsoft’s “PressPass”, but it is
slightly interesting because it nicely illustrates the relevance of the
recent MindCraft incident.
Not surprisingly, one area
"Nail down the chickens," said Muth. "We're coming."
As for Muth’s closing remark, the fantasy world Microsoft employees live in keeps eluding me.
Windows 2000 home stretch in view
|Snippet:||Gates talk at Comdex was once more a
success. He told the crowded audience that Microsoft will release a new
mouse. Furthermore, Gates demonstrated that the problem that plagued
him last year when he presented Windows98 with USB to the audience has
now been fixed. Finally, Gates disclosed that Microsoft has sunk even
more money in Windows NT than IBM in OS/2, so the future of this OS
Gates, Torvalds vie for title of “developers’ developer”
Gates Comdex keynote skates over holes in Win2k beta
MS goes for broke with $60 Win2k beta offer
Update: An additional article from The Register shows that the Win2K Beta 3 release was obviously put together in great haste.
|Snippet:||Here is the game that Microsoft, Wall
Street analysts, and journalists have been playing for many years now:
Microsoft’s profits are above those expected by the analysts after the
reports of the previous quarter, Microsoft warns that this result is
exceptional and that it won’t keep up this pace, analysts and
journalists make a prediction, and Microsoft beats this expectation.
Anyway, there is nothing new in Dan Gillmor’s article, but it is well-written and helps to solidify the presented view.
The Microsoft earnings charade
IDC slams press on reporting of NT ‘success’
Update:Here is a more detailed report from CNN with a nice observation:
|Snippet:||Microsoft is now widely touting the
results of the unscientific MindCraft report that sought to compare the
performance of NT 4.0 and Linux on a 4-processors system.
The conclusion-Windows NT Server 4.0 significantly outperforms Linux, especially for enterprise systems.
Also Microsoft misrepresents the availability of Apache and Samba on a Red Hat 5.2 system:
And the following I had to read twice:
Windows NT Server also comes packaged with a load of industry support.
“Packaged with industry support”? That meaning of “packaging” sure isn’t in my dictionary.
Windows NT Server 4.0 faster, more scalable than Linux as a file and Web server, tests show
|Snippet:||In the series of “independent”
benchmarking reports, HP now claims to have the world’s fastest
webserver on the basis of the Windows2000 operating system.
The benchmarking doesn’t satisfy the conditions
|Snippet:||Folks, sorry if I repeat too much of
what was said here previously, but I am too lazy to rework things: here
is a copy of an e-mail I sent:
From: Case Roole
Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 14:30:21 -0400
By mouth of Microsoft South-Africa's Windows platform manager Ian Hatton a new volley of FUD is launched:
Note that MindCraft lauds Microsoft's
How does the
But Mr. Hatton also gives in, and this might well be crucial:
If Microsoft repeats
ITWeb publication of Microsoft/Text100 press release, 21 April 1999:
ITWeb editorial by Iwan Pienaar, 22 April 1999:
Best criticism of MindCraft's report
"A look at the Mindcraft report" by Linux Weekly News, April 15, 1999
"Mindcraft Reality Check" by Eric Green (Linux Hardware Solutions), April 15, 1999
|Snippet:||Visit to a Naval Carrier
UPSIDE by Larry Magid
Perhaps salvation from this
Microsoft Sacrifices Suits
|Snippet:||MindCraft claims to have been sending
messages to Linux lists to help them finding an optimal configuration
for their testing setup. Only one message seems to have been sent,
which was under a false name, but did describe MindCraft’s setup in
Someone seems to have been checking the full headers of
See explanation and forum at LinuxToday:
Computer conference draws international crowd
|Snippet:||FUD, FUD glorious FUD
nothing quite like it for boiling the blood.
(a tip of the hat to Flanders and Swan)
Free Software. Is it Worth the Cost
For some reason he ignores Microsoft’s own
A REBELLIOUS REACTION TO THE LINUX REVOLUTION
|Snippet:||Furthermore, it is rumored that *both* parties are going to make much of the AOL/Netscape/Sun deal.
Here is my reference, but don’t bother reading it as it contains no further details:
MS-DOJ trial resumption delayed a week
|Snippet:||Gratuitous API Changes Can Be Hazardous To Your Program.
byte.com by Robert Frantz
This article by a Robert
By Andrew Leonard
|Snippet:||Ed “nail down the chickens” Muth has
done it again. The latest from him is that Windows is really a kind of
Leadership is important in all
So, how does the acclaimed “long-term roadmap” figure in this model?
Another mode of speech much favored by Mr. Muth is
Linux “Lacks an Extraordinary Number of Features” of Windows
|Snippet:||After the torrent of criticism,
Mindcraft seems to be re-doing the tests it ran to compare the
performance of Windows NT 4.0 and Linux. It has contacted prominent
developers of the kernel, Samba and Apache and these have given some
advice. However, due to an Non-Disclosure Agreement, Mindcraft won’t
allow anyone from this party to be present on-site. Now how can an NDA
interfere with benchmark testing of publicly available software?
By not retracting their original report and being
Will MindCraft II be better?
Microsoft trial: Packard Bell execs say software giant ruled
Packard-Bell is one of the few PC vendors to
|Snippet:||As Microsoft claimed that just about
any document coming from them was “confidential”, it was difficult for
Caldera to present their case to the public. Apparently, Caldera now
managed to blow the seals from a significant number of documents and
the result is a filing in which they offer a chronology of events and
Not auguring well for their position, Microsoft uses
Caldera unveils evidence in Microsoft case
Caldera’s $1.6 Bln Antitrust Suit Opens Microsoft Documents to Scrutiny
At the time of writing I couldn’t get through to Caldera’s website, but the filing is supposed to be available here:
Update: See also Mary Jo Foley’s article:
As one of the parties to the legal
Additionally, there is an article entitled MS’s Allard: ‘Could you define Web?’ containing a rather surreal exchange where Web browser is alternately defined as graphical user code for rendering images or simply Internet Explorer.
|Snippet:||Earlier I announced the availability of
Caldera’s 188 page “Statement of facts” on their antitrust case against
Microsoft. At the time I couldn’t get through to it, but now I have
fetched and read it.
The statement is extremely lucid and
In 1916, Judge
Like the executives in Corn
In the face of these memoranda,
I’d say that this is a
Caldera statement of facts
Caldera’s Pulp Fiction
|Snippet:||In this follow-up of Ralph Nader’s
original conference on Microsoft in 1997 the issue was to make explicit
how the Microsoft situation could be improved.
An attendant of the conference, Ryan Park, has put up his notes:
|Snippet:||Microsoft sponsors ACT and ACT
sponsored Stan Liebowitz to write a report concluding that the
Microsoft monopoly is good. As I said of the Mindcraft report: “Expect
more reports like this.”
Liebowitz spoke at Appraising Microsoft
From a techweb
Let’s do a little theorizing
Another option would be that
Oh, well. I’d better stop arguing until Mr. Liebowitz paper “Breaking Windows” is made public.
|Snippet:||Perhaps a secret Market Development
Agreement under a Non-Disclosure Agreement was part of Microsoft’s
present of a building to MIT as the following “interview” by MIT’s
Michael Dertouzos does look all that spontaneous.
As you may
And to go on after an empty line to give you a break: “corporate customers find it hard to stay current [with open-source software] as each version is customized” and yet: “Regular upgrades are clearly necessary in an industry that is changing as fast as the software business” plus “upgrades will increasingly be carried out transparently and automatically, without users having to do anything.”
Even though Gates’ statements are meaningless, they may help us to understand what Microsoft is up to.
Dertouzos’ introduction is as insightful as it is ridiculous:
(Read that last sentence again to get an impression of the personality of Michael Dertouzos!)
“Titans Talk Tech: Bill G. and Michael D.”
|Snippet:||According to a ComputerWorld story, EDS
is going to upgrade to Windows98 because Microsoft was unwilling to
resolve remaining minor issues to make Windows95 Y2K compliant.
I do not know where truth lies in this matter, but I think Microsoft’s approach to the matter is relevant:
Yet under a section titled "Facts Regarding... Year
When questioned by Computerworld reporters,
So, whereas Microsoft
Windows 95 Y2K fix was kept from users
AOL’s business is on-line services
|Snippet:||In his testimony Paul Maritz proclaimed
that Microsoft believes that cable operators will have a determining
say in the distribution of software. No doubt, the intended result was
to make hearers believe that this weakens Microsoft’s strength.
AFAIK, the latest deal is the biggest of
Some fragments of a C|Net article:
Under the agreement
Ma Bell said it will increase its use of
In addition, the two
Anyone care to
|Snippet:||As a little aside an article on Gates
divestiture of Microsoft shares. Now why would he do this if Microsoft
shares are doing so swell? Give the other folks a chance to get in?
Gates to cash another $260 million MS stock
MS to take $5bn stake in AT&T
MS spends $5 billion to boost CE cable presence
MS taking more slices of UK cable business
Will cable spending spree turn MS into Ma Bill?
|Snippet:||A couple of days ago an interview of MIT’s Michael Dertouzos with Bill Gates was published. In it we read:
(Dertouzos) I wish other people and
So what are we to make of Microsoft senior vice-president James Allchin’s statement:
The profit motive will end up ruining and tarnishing the altruism people use to promote this [free software/Linux] thing.
|Snippet:||The Mindcraft affair presents an
interesting image of the way Microsoft deals with the press.
Originally, Mindcraft’s report on NT and server performance indicated
in smallish script that it was “sponsored” by Microsoft. This was not
mentioned in MindCraft’s press release, nor in Microsoft’s articles on
the report. Those reports did mention that Mindcraft was an
Some investigation by the Linux community
Mr. Weiner is now attempting to restore his damaged credibility, and the story is still continuing.
LinuxToday has catalysed much of the investigations on Mindcraft and now it has brought together its articles:
Special Report: Mindcraft
|Snippet:||Following its strategy of vertical
consolidation and extension of its software markets by buying network
infrastructure, Microsoft has taken a $600 million stake in Nextel
Communications to create a co-branded wireless portal based on MSN
services to be reached through Nextel phones.
For example, Microsoft said
The wireless MSN
The article doesn’t mention
Microsoft, Nextel in $600 million deal
|Snippet:||Gates and wife are giving $50M for a health program aimed at preventing maternal death and disability.
Reuters is more impressed and sees a
Gates gives $50 million to health program
|Snippet:||As mentioned shortly ago here, it is
Microsoft’s most basic strategy today to buy its customers instead of
winning them. Here is another step.
MS to spend another $4bn on UK C&W deal?
In more news along the lines of money talks and the cable networking deals with AT&T, C&W and Nextel , Microsoft also wants to invest in Deutsche Telekom, buy a Swedish mobile device networking firm and buy a 27% stake of a WebMD,
|Snippet:||Apparenty, “you read it first in The
Register” is not an empty claim. Today they wrote that Microsoft has
published a report on NT vs Linux, something I hadn’t seen on
LinuxToday, that is very keen on following the affair. The report was
dated May 8, but last updated May 12.
The report pretty much
The feature list that makes up the
I had a good laugh about the following
Well, numerous items are beyond my
‘Show you can beat NT’ – MS declares war on Linux
Update on Windows NT Server vs Linux Performance and Capabilities
|Snippet:||The Register noticed the “Why don’t we
…” remark in Microsoft’s report, published it, and speculated that it
would disappear quickly. It has. By now, the report says that it was
published May 12 (no longer 8) and was last revised May 13.
MS marketing spin leaks into attack on Linux
Digital ChosunIlbo:English Edition
|Snippet:||One of the most encouraging aspects of
the defense against Microsoft’s increasing barrages of FUD against
Linux is that ever new persons stand up to write a rebuttal.
I have never heard
The voices raised against Microsoft don’t come from
LinuxToday: Response to Microsoft: PC Week benchmarks reveal Mindcraft failings
MS marketing spins and respins in Linux attack
Tests cited by MS prove flaws in Linux study – Linux Today
Can Linux avoid Microsoft’s NT trap?
|Snippet:||If $5B share of AT&T buys Microsoft
a 2.5 million units CE market, what do they pay per unit? And how does
this buying of market share relate to Microsoft’s claim that they have
always won their markets buy virtue of quality and price and like it
Bill Gates’ set-top boxing
|Snippet:||The purpose and justification of
copyright and patent laws is to stimulate original production. If such
laws do not exist, as was the case with patent laws for software in
Japan en Europe, one would expect them to come into being only after an
independent investigation has demonstrated their economical benefits.
You can read more – including a reference of who to write to – at:
Richard Stallman wrote an editorial on the matter:
Saving Europa from software patents
|Snippet:||Despite the market share of dwarf AMD,
most microprocessor revenues still end up with Intel. Furthermore,
Intel got hold of a number of processors that it didn’t develop itself,
such as former Digital’s Alpha and the StrongARM.
No doubt Intel
The shared dominance of the desktop is still there, but the “WinTel duopoly” is no longer acting as a unit.
ABC news: War of the Wires
|Snippet:||Pro- and contra talked remedies in Washington at April 30.
WORKSHOP WHICH REMEDIES?
APPRAISING MICROSOFT II
INTRODUCTION BY RALPH NADER
PANEL #1: DIVESTITURES, STRUCTURAL REMEDIES
You can now find the full transcript of the workshop at:
The general page on the conference is at:
MS trial may resume next Monday
MS denies it’s buying users with its billions
Further anti-trust investigation may ensue from Microsoft’s latest round of acquisitions and deals with broadband providers.
U.S. Judge Says Microsoft Trial To Proceed
An article entitled “Is free software worth the cost?”
Here is the article, dubbed by an upped version number in typical Redmond style:
Free Software 2.0
|Snippet:||For at least the third time, Bill Gates
has invited some 100 industry and government top executive. One can
only guess what is said at these meetings as the press is not welcome.
Fortune 1k CEOs mass for Bill Gates love-in
Microsoft’s CEO summit draws bigwigs
|Snippet:||Hangul, Samsung and Microsoft have all
drastically dropped office productivity software prices in Korea. In
the wake of the piracy crackdown – with governmental and educational
institutions scrambling to buy licenses – Microsoft has dropped the
price of its office suite with 90%.
Earlier Samsung dropped
Hangul & Computer Co. expressed its
From the article it seems that Microsoft
Only Microsoft strongly reduced prices in a
BTW, I’ll happily call “college deals” a
Hangul & Computer Corp. to File Dumping Charge Against Microsoft