MS: don't mention putting the browser in the OS ..
- Subject: MS: don't mention putting the browser in the OS ..
- From: Doug Mentohl <email@example.com>
- Date: Fri, 02 Mar 2007 13:32:58 +0000
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From: Nathan Myhrvold
Sent Sunday Febuary 15, 1998 12:37 PM
To: Bill Gates; Tod Nielsen; Brad Chase; David Cole; Joe Belfiore; Mich
Mathews; Greg Shaw Corp. PR gregshaw); Tom Pilla; Alison Obrien; Bill
Neukom (LCA); David Heiner (LCA); Steve Ballmer; Mitch Mathews; Eric
Rudder; Yusuf Mehdi; Steve Ballmer; Paul Martz; Jim Allchin; (Exchange)
Subject: RE: browser in the OS
Saying "put the browser in the OS" is already a statement that is
prejudicial to us. The name "Browser" suggests a separate thing. I would
NOT phrase the survey, or other things only in terms of "put the browser
in the OS".
Instead you need to ask a more neutral question about how the internet
technology needs to merge with local computing. I have been pretty
successful in trying this on various journalists and industry people.
Responses given if pressed
Microsoft has a vision to integrate local computing with Internet
computing. This means building the fundemental Internet protocols into
the operating system.
Netscape is on a different strategy. They are NOT attempting to make
local data, or local PC computing mesh smoothly with the Internet.
Instead their strategy is to replace local computing by integrating more
and more functionality into their software. They are creating new APIs
to turn their browser into a high level operating system, which will
obviate use of a local operating system, like Windows.
They feel that the Browser is the platform.
Microsoft is telling its millions of existing users that their is a path
for them to use the Internet metaphor both locally and remotely.
Netscape is telling people to put with the difference between their
local PC and the Internet and that over time you will throw out your old
software in favor of new software and services which operate on top of
the Netscape platform.
From: Bill Gates
Sent: Saturday, Febuary 14, 1998 10:42 AM
To: Tod Nielsen; Brad Chase; David Cole
Cc: Bill Neukom (LCA); David Heiner (LCA); Steve Ballmer; Mitch Mathews;
Eric Rudder; Yusuf Mehdi; Steve Ballmer; Nathan Myhrvold; Paul Martz;
Jim Allchin; (Exchange)
Subject: Browser in the OS
Only by doing a document that EXPLAINS why we are putting the browser
into the operating system will people start to have more sympathy for
why this makes sense and understand that the government shouldn't be
It would HELP ME IMMENSELY to have a survey showing that 90% of
developers believe that putting the browser into the OS makes sense ..
Ideally we would have a survey like this done before I appear at the
Senate on March 3rd.