DOJ - Legal
From: Vrad Silverberg
To: Tom Evslin; Bill Gates
Cc: Russ Siegelman; Jim Allchin; (jimall); Paul Maritz (paulms)
Subject: Monday, October 03 1994 6:42 PM
I will jump in - yes we have to take them out of marvel and capone too.
There no one in the world outside of Microsoft who will buy the argument
that they are "part of Chicago" so get the interfaces while others
don't. This is an impossible sale.
From: Tom Evslin
To: Bill Gates
Cc: Brad Silverberg; Russ Siegelman; Jim Allchin; (jimall); Paul Maritz
Subject: RE: Shell plans - iShellBrowser
Date: Monday, October 03, 1994 6:04 PM
I understand the decision to publish the interfaces so son't argue with
Is it also necessary, hower, to prohibit Capone and Marvel from using
them? These are part of the Chicago shell (or can be positioned that
way) so is there a reason why they can't be use unpublished interfaces
for "internal" extensions of the shell.
From: Bill Gates
To: billbl; bobmu; bradsi; bradstr; brainmac; chrisg; chrisp; darrylr;
doughe; erikgav; jimail; joab; kurte; leifp; mikako; paulms; russ3;
satonal steveyn; tomev
Subject: Shell plans - iShellBrowser
Date: Monday, October 03, 1994 5:18 PM
Its time for a decision on iShellBrowser ..
It is hard to know how much actual market benefit iShellBrowser
integration would bring. I believe Chicago will be very successful
either way. Unfortunately I don't think integration will have a marked
affect in terms of Capone competing with cc:Mail, so that battle wil
have to be won on other grounds, This is not to say that there was
anything wrong with the extensions - on the contrary they are a very
nice piece of work.
I have decided that we should not publish these extensions. We should
wait until we have a way to do a high level of integration that will be
harder for likee of Notes, Wordperfect to achieve, and which will give
Office a real advantage. This means that Capone and Marvel can still
live in the top level of the Explorer namespace, but wil run separately ..
Having the Office really think through the information intensive
scenarios, and be a demanding client of systems is absolutely critical
to our future success. We can't compete with Lotus and
Wordperfect/Novell without this. Our goal is to have Office '96 sell
better because of the shell integration work, and to have the Ren/Office
effort yield technology that can be an integral part of the shell in
Windows 97 ..