Bonum Certa Men Certa

Bill Gates: “Intel should not just treat us as one of many”

Should the only one allowed to collaborate with Intel, the world's top supreme chip maker, be Microsoft?

Gates on tape
Bill Gates Deposition Transcript



FOR a brief moment back in 2007, it was possible to grab a copy of highly confidential E-mails from Microsoft. Having taken a look at those which relate to Intel, we have already published:



From the posts above we are able reach several conclusions:

  1. Microsoft is actively trying to derail simple Linux support (mostly drivers) at Intel
  2. Microsoft insists that Intel should not use GNU/Linux even if it's suited to the task (Intel chooses productivity over faithfulness to only one vendor, i.e. practicality over exclusivity)
  3. Intel has had bad experiences with Windows and its clients likewise (Intel's own clients also had bad experiences with Windows). A quote that comes to mind is: 'The Linux kernel has reached a level of maturity where it mostly goes unnoticed and acts like an "invisible magician in the background", according to Linus Torvalds.'


Today we take a look at Exhibit px06632 (1999) [PDF]. It is particularly interesting because it shows the inherent anti-competitive attitude of Microsoft's chairman.

This conversation starts with Microsoft's Jim Allchin mailing Intel's Albert Yu. Steve Stanzel responds to Allchin regarding a "joint release/announcement" from the two companies. Allchin wants the Intel affair with Microsoft to be seen publicly. He writes back:

I didn't really discuss the marketing per se at this level, I would like a joint release if possible.


Steve Stanzel about the not-so-(practically)-platform-agnostic position at Intel:

1 FIRST TO BOOT or FIRST PUBLIC DEMO It is our understanding, you want us to demonstrate technical leadership by staking the claim 'first OS to boot on Merced'. Regardless of who is first, the Intel people we work with are under very clear direction to OS-agnostic, it's almost their mantra. Although they will be the first to admit that 'others don't come close the work we have done with Microsoft' they are unwilling to support any first claims. From a PR perspective, we feel we have good news by being the only OS used in the first public demonstration of Merced silicon. ACTION REQUESTED If you want us to promote first boot rather than first public demo claims, we need your help at a higher level inside Intel


They are agreeing on a press release and Stanzel writes:

ACTION REQUESTED Will you approve announce 1H00 availability of the beta? Separately in your quote would you approve the following statement? "Microsoft is committed to delivering Windows 2000 64-bit, developer tools and associated Back Office applications concurrent with Merced system availability." We intend to wrap this up with Intel today. This draft of the release still has first to boot claims in place.


There's hesitation from Allchin who cannot so easily commit, so then he involves Brian Valentine too.

Craig Beilinson points out:

Jim - Just to clarify where we need some help: If you feel strongly that we need to get the "first to boot" message in this release, then we will need your help talking to the right people at Intel.

Currently, Intel is pushing back very hard on publically saying that we were "first to boot" on Merced, giving us lots of lip service about being OS-agnostic. They have, however, bought off on publically saying that we will be the "first public demo" of Merced at the upcoming IDF.


This means that Intel unfairly prioritises Windows but it publicly denies this. It's then that Jim Allchin approaches Bill Gates for his opinion and Gates replies thusly, by ultimately saying:

In any case Intel should not just treat us as one of many. I feel strongly about that.


In other words, Gates believes that Intel should treat Windows specially, despite Intel's policies (lip service at least).

It's one thing for Intel to collaborate with a software company but totally another to collaborate with criminal companies. One just needs to look at what Microsoft staff and its decision-makers did (the lesser known truths).




Appendix: Comes vs. Microsoft - exhibit px06632, as text










From: Bill Gates Sent: Fri, 8/27/1999 10:23 AM To: Jim Alchin (Exchange) Cc: Bob Herbold, Mike Porter (Exchange); Deborsh Willingham Subject: RE: Intel-MS joint press release on 64-bit Windows and Merced

I feel very strongly about this - Intel has to be willing to show that their partnership with us on Merced is not just a me too relationship

We have invested more in Merced than other software companies and we will drive more volume and credibility for them than anyone else.

I don't know about "first to boot" - if it is true then we should say that

In any case Intel should not just treat us as one of many. I feel strongly about that.

..... Original Message ..... From: Jim Allchin (Exchange) Sent: Friday, August 27, 1999 9:53 AM To: Bill Gates Subject: RE: Intel-MS joint press release on 64-bit Windows and Merced Importance: High

How strongly do you feel about this? thanks jim

From: Craig Beilinson Sent: Friday. August 27. 1999 9.47 AM To: Jim Allchin (Exchange); Steve Stanzel; Brian Valentine (Exchange) Cc; Michei Gambier, Prashant Shukla; On Lee (Exchange), Keith White, Tina Brusca (Exchange), Deborah Willingham; Jeff Havens (Exchange), Bob Rinne (Exchange); Lou Perazzoli (Exchange), On Lee (Exchange) Subject: RE; Intel-MS joint press release on 64-bit Windows and Merced Importance: High

Jim - Just to clarify where we need some help: If you feel strongly that we need to get the "first to boot" message in this release, then we will need your help talking to the right people at Intel.

Currently, Intel is pushing back very hard on publically saying that we were "first to boot" on Merced, giving us lots of lip service about being OS-agnostic. They have, however, bought off on publically saying that we will be the "first public demo" of Merced at the upcoming IDF.

Thanks, - Craig

..... Original Message ..... From: Jim Allchin (Exchange) Sent: Friday, August 27, 1999 9:18 AM

Plaintiff's Exhibit 6632 Comes V. Microsoft

MS-CC-MDL 000000005722 HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL




To: Steve Stanzel, Brian Valentine (Exchange) Cc: Michel Gambier, Craig Beilinson, Prashant Shukla, On Lee (Exchange), Keith White; Tina Brusca (Exchange), Deborah Willingham; Jeff Havens (Exchange), Bob Rinne (Exchange), Lou Perazzoli (Exchange); On Lee (Exchange) Subject: FW: Intel-MS joint press release on 64-bit Windows and Merced Importance: High

1. Please see my changes to the release. I was concerned about the commitments so I backed them down somewhat. Even my back down is a strong commitment. Brian/Jeff and team: Can we live with these commitments? In particular, Beta in 1H00.

2. If there is any chance this might go sideways, you must immediately raise this to me/billg. Bill could call Craig, etc. I still want a joint release.

thanks, jim

..... Original Message ..... From: Steve Stanzel Sent: Friday, August 27, 1999 7:34 AM To: Jim Allchin (Exchange), Tina Brusca (Exchange) Co: Michel Gambier; Craig Beilinson; Prashant Shukla, On Lee (Exchange), Keith White Subject: Intel-MS joint press release on 64-bit Windows and Merced Importance: High

Jim, WE NEED YOUR INPUT TODAY We have made good progress with Intel on a joint announcement to be issued next Tuesday the first day of IDF. As you are aware, Intel is working with us to demonstrate 64-bit Windows during Craig's keynote. There are two items we would like your input on.

1 FIRST TO BOOT or FIRST PUBLIC DEMO It is our understanding, you want us to demonstrate technical leadership by staking the claim 'first OS to boot on Merced'. Regardless of who is first, the Intel people we work with are under very clear direction to OS-agnostic, it's almost their mantra. Although they will be the first to admit that 'others don't come close the work we have done with Microsoft' they are unwilling to support any first claims. From a PR perspective, we feel we have good news by being the only OS used in the first public demonstration of Merced silicon. ACTION REQUESTED If you want us to promote first boot rather than first public demo claims, we need your help at a higher level inside Intel

2 PRODUCT AVAILABILITY Intel is pushing hard to see product availability dates in this release. They feel that our execs frequently talk about dates in speeches so it's appropriate to put expected availability in this announcement to add credibility. ACTION REQUESTED Will you approve announce 1H00 availability of the beta? Separately in your quote would you approve the following statement? "Microsoft is committed to delivering Windows 2000 64-bit, developer tools and associated Back Office applications concurrent with Merced system availability." We intend to wrap this up with Intel today. This draft of the release still has first to boot claims in place. << File: microsoft4 - Intel release- v7 internal.doc >>

MS-CC-MDL 000000005723 HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL




Thanks in advance for your input and feedback. Steve

..... Original Message ..... From: Jim Allchin (Exchange) Sent: Friday, August 20, 1999 8:34 AM to: Steve Stanzel Subject: RE: press release contact

I didn't really discuss the marketing per se at this level, I would like a joint release if possible.

jim

..... Original Message ..... From: Steve Stanzel Sent: Thursday, August 19, 1999 7:13 PM TO: Jim Allchin (Exchange) Subject: RE. press release contact

Thanks Jim - I will let you know when we get the release finalized. The one point I'm not clear on, have you asked Intel to support this as a joint release/announcement or just asked for their support in the form of a quote?

No problem if you haven't discussed this, I can work directly with the contact at Intel but as you know, they typically work much quicker with top down direction

Steve Stanzel BED PR- News team

..... Original Message ..... From: Jim Allchin (Exchange) Sent: Thursday, August 19, 1999 6:20 PM To: 'Albert Yu' Cc: Steve Stanzel Subject: press release contact

In anticipation of booting on Merced, it would be great to get the name of a marketing contact person we could work with on the press release for this fantastic event. Steve is the contact person at Microsoft. We want the press release already approved so that it can go out the second that you say it was successful.

thanks, jim

MS-CC-MDL 000000005724 HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL




Recent Techrights' Posts

Martina Ferrari & Debian, DebConf room list: who sleeps with who?
Reprinted with permission from Daniel Pocock
Europe Won't be Safe From Russia Until the Last Windows PC is Turned Off (or Switched to BSDs and GNU/Linux)
Lives are at stake
Links 23/04/2024: US Doubles Down on Patent Obviousness, North Korea Practices Nuclear Conflict
Links for the day
Stardust Nightclub Tragedy, Unlawful killing, Censorship & Debian Scapegoating
Reprinted with permission from Daniel Pocock
 
Microsoft is Shutting Down Offices and Studios (Microsoft Layoffs Every Month This Year, Media Barely Mentions These)
Microsoft shutting down more offices (there have been layoffs every month this year)
Balkan women & Debian sexism, WeBoob leaks
Reprinted with permission from disguised.work
Links 24/04/2024: Advances in TikTok Ban, Microsoft Lacks Security Incentives (It Profits From Breaches)
Links for the day
Gemini Links 24/04/2024: People Returning to Gemlogs, Stateless Workstations
Links for the day
Meike Reichle & Debian Dating
Reprinted with permission from disguised.work
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news for the past day
IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, April 23, 2024
IRC logs for Tuesday, April 23, 2024
[Meme] EPO: Breaking the Law as a Business Model
Total disregard for the EPO to sell more monopolies in Europe (to companies that are seldom European and in need of monopoly)
The EPO's Central Staff Committee (CSC) on New Ways of Working (NWoW) and “Bringing Teams Together” (BTT)
The latest publication from the Central Staff Committee (CSC)
Volunteers wanted: Unknown Suspects team
Reprinted with permission from Daniel Pocock
Debian trademark: where does the value come from?
Reprinted with permission from Daniel Pocock
Detecting suspicious transactions in the Wikimedia grants process
Reprinted with permission from Daniel Pocock
Gunnar Wolf & Debian Modern Slavery punishments
Reprinted with permission from Daniel Pocock
On DebConf and Debian 'Bedroom Nepotism' (Connected to Canonical, Red Hat, and Google)
Why the public must know suppressed facts (which women themselves are voicing concerns about; some men muzzle them to save face)
Several Years After Vista 11 Came Out Few People in Africa Use It, Its Relative Share Declines (People Delete It and Move to BSD/GNU/Linux?)
These trends are worth discussing
Canonical, Ubuntu & Debian DebConf19 Diversity Girls email
Reprinted with permission from disguised.work
Links 23/04/2024: Escalations Around Poland, Microsoft Shares Dumped
Links for the day
Gemini Links 23/04/2024: Offline PSP Media Player and OpenBSD on ThinkPad
Links for the day
Amaya Rodrigo Sastre, Holger Levsen & Debian DebConf6 fight
Reprinted with permission from disguised.work
DebConf8: who slept with who? Rooming list leaked
Reprinted with permission from disguised.work
Bruce Perens & Debian: swiping the Open Source trademark
Reprinted with permission from disguised.work
Ean Schuessler & Debian SPI OSI trademark disputes
Reprinted with permission from disguised.work
Windows in Sudan: From 99.15% to 2.12%
With conflict in Sudan, plus the occasional escalation/s, buying a laptop with Vista 11 isn't a high priority
Anatomy of a Cancel Mob Campaign
how they go about
[Meme] The 'Cancel Culture' and Its 'Hit List'
organisers are being contacted by the 'cancel mob'
Richard Stallman's Next Public Talk is on Friday, 17:30 in Córdoba (Spain), FSF Cannot Mention It
Any attempt to marginalise founders isn't unprecedented as a strategy
IRC Proceedings: Monday, April 22, 2024
IRC logs for Monday, April 22, 2024
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news for the past day
Don't trust me. Trust the voters.
Reprinted with permission from Daniel Pocock
Chris Lamb & Debian demanded Ubuntu censor my blog
Reprinted with permission from disguised.work
Ean Schuessler, Branden Robinson & Debian SPI accounting crisis
Reprinted with permission from disguised.work
William Lee Irwin III, Michael Schultheiss & Debian, Oracle, Russian kernel scandal
Reprinted with permission from disguised.work
Microsoft's Windows Down to 8% in Afghanistan According to statCounter Data
in Vietnam Windows is at 8%, in Iraq 4.9%, Syria 3.7%, and Yemen 2.2%
[Meme] Only Criminals Would Want to Use Printers?
The EPO's war on paper
EPO: We and Microsoft Will Spy on Everything (No Physical Copies)
The letter is dated last Thursday
Links 22/04/2024: Windows Getting Worse, Oligarch-Owned Media Attacking Assange Again
Links for the day
Links 21/04/2024: LINUX Unplugged and 'Screen Time' as the New Tobacco
Links for the day
Gemini Links 22/04/2024: Health Issues and Online Documentation
Links for the day
What Fake News or Botspew From Microsoft Looks Like... (Also: Techrights to Invest 500 Billion in Datacentres by 2050!)
Sededin Dedovic (if that's a real name) does Microsoft stenography
Stefano Maffulli's (and Microsoft's) Openwashing Slant Initiative (OSI) Report Was Finalised a Few Months Ago, Revealing Only 3% of the Money Comes From Members/People
Microsoft's role remains prominent (for OSI to help the attack on the GPL and constantly engage in promotion of proprietary GitHub)
[Meme] Master Engineer, But Only They Can Say It
One can conclude that "inclusive language" is a community-hostile trolling campaign
[Meme] It Takes Three to Grant a Monopoly, Or... Injunction Against Staff Representatives
Quality control
[Video] EPO's "Heart of Staff Rep" Has a Heartless New Rant
The wordplay is just for fun
An Unfortunate Miscalculation Of Capital
Reprinted with permission from Andy Farnell
[Video] Online Brigade Demands That the Person Who Started GNU/Linux is Denied Public Speaking (and Why FSF Cannot Mention His Speeches)
So basically the attack on RMS did not stop; even when he's ill with cancer the cancel culture will try to cancel him, preventing him from talking (or be heard) about what he started in 1983
Online Brigade Demands That the Person Who Made Nix Leaves Nix for Not Censoring People 'Enough'
Trying to 'nix' the founder over alleged "safety" of so-called 'minorities'
[Video] Inauthentic Sites and Our Upcoming Publications
In the future, at least in the short term, we'll continue to highlight Debian issues
List of Debian Suicides & Accidents
Reprinted with permission from disguised.work
Jens Schmalzing & Debian: rooftop fall, inaccurately described as accident
Reprinted with permission from disguised.work
[Teaser] EPO Leaks About EPO Leaks
Yo dawg!
On Wednesday IBM Announces 'Results' (Partial; Bad Parts Offloaded Later) and Red Hat Has Layoffs Anniversary
There's still expectation that Red Hat will make more staff cuts
IBM: We Are No Longer Pro-Nazi (Not Anymore)
Historically, IBM has had a nazi problem
Bad faith: attacking a volunteer at a time of grief, disrespect for the sanctity of human life
Reprinted with permission from Daniel Pocock
Bad faith: how many Debian Developers really committed suicide?
Reprinted with permission from Daniel Pocock
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news for the past day
IRC Proceedings: Sunday, April 21, 2024
IRC logs for Sunday, April 21, 2024
A History of Frivolous Filings and Heavy Drug Use
So the militant was psychotic due to copious amounts of marijuana
Bad faith: suicide, stigma and tarnishing
Reprinted with permission from Daniel Pocock
UDRP Legitimate interests: EU whistleblower directive, workplace health & safety concerns
Reprinted with permission from Daniel Pocock