From: Laura Jennings
Sent: Monday, Febuary 16m 1996 4:20 PM
To: Jim Allchin (Exchange); Bill Gates; Moshe Dunie; Steve Ballmer; Paul
Maritz; Joachim Kempin
Cc: Brad Chase; Bill Veghte; Pete Higgins; Mike Deirman
Subject: RE Win98 Scheddule Update
Our current plan does a good job of leveraging new internet sign-ups
from Win98 to establish portol/hotmail relationships .. In a nutshell we
capture new users by changing the requirements for ISP participation in
the Win98 referral servers. The new requirements are:
* ISP must maintain > 75% overall penetration of IE in their entire
* ISP must use Start as their home page for all ISP customers obtained
through Win98 ..
* ISP must use either OE or Hotmail as their email solution for > 77% of
their entire installed base ..
We also put a quick link to Hotmail in IE ..
One potential concern: Brad mentioned to me late friday that there may
be new concerns about our plan to make Start a requirement for being in
the IE referral server, or at least there may be timing issues related
to your appearance at Sen. Hatch's hearing?
OEM strategy - there's a lot of thinking going on right now about how we
can best work with OEMs. A SWAT team is going to go out and talk with
key OEMs this week and next, but the working group didn't have a firm
plan before I left last week.
From: Bill Gates
Sent: Saturday Febuary 14, 1996 6:22 PM
To: Moshe Duine; Steve Ballmer; Paull Maritz; Joachim Kempin
Cc: Jim Allchin (Exchange); Brad Chase; Bill Veghte; Pate Higgins; Laura
Subject: RE: Win98 Scheddule Update
I hope everyone is agreed on the registration/signup/hotmail/MSN issues
- there are the areas I know where we would hold up the product unless
we have a clear plan that supports our objectives.