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Microsoft’s Brad Silverberg: “Please Make Sure This Request Doesn't Get Filled.”

Summary: Antitrust exhibit from DRI is dissected

WE HAVE BEGUN working on some older Comes vs Microsoft exhibits and today we properly document Exhibit PX00891 (1991) [PDF]. It starts with Brad Silverberg, one of Microsoft's crudest people. At Microsoft, they were speaking about Digital Research, which they committed abuses against (see our DRI reference page). Here is part of the correspondence (the full text is at the bottom of this post):



Customer: Digital Research, Inc. UK Address: 70 Garden Court Monteray, CA

Contact: John Constant Telephone: 44(0) 488 684587 FAX: 44 (0) 488 683135

Digital Research would like to become a beta site. They would like to enable their operating system to support Windows 3.10. Specifically they need to modify the LoadHi VxD (now part of VMM) allowing their memory manager to function correctly.

NOTE: John Constant would like to be contacted by telephone as soon as possible.


What was Microsoft's response?

> From johnen Fri Aug 2 15:14:52 1991 To: bradsi stevetho winbeta Subject: RE: BETA REQ: Digital Research, Inc. Date: Fri Aug 02 15:11:40 PDT 1991

Um, I don't think so.


Watch the response from Brad Silverberg:

From bradsi Fri Aug 02 15:20:58 1991 To: johnen kalak stevetho winbeta Subject: RE: BETA REQ: Digital Research, Inc. Date: Fri, 02 Aug 91 15:20:25 PDT

ha ha ha ha ha...

kala, please make sure this request doesn't get filled.


What a cooperative company. So little has changes since then, but Microsoft now has superior policies for shredding E-mail. Now, that's a change, that's the "New Microsoft" -- malicious and secretive rather than malicious, blunt, and sloppy.




Appendix: Comes vs. Microsoft - exhibit PX00891, as text










PLAINTIFF'S EXHIBIT 891 Comes v. Microsoft

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############################### 98 From bradsi Fri Aug 02 15:08:47 1991 To: davidcol davidw dennisad karlst philba richab richt Subject: Re: Press tour Date: Fri, 02 Aug 91 15:08:41 PDT

it sure makes sense to do both the technical and "marketing" parts together. the "marketing" parts are product oriented, not hype. people will want to know the api's in 3.1, issues like doc and printer portability, postscript printer interaction, etc. I like the idea of doing it after beta 2.

############################### 99 From bradsi Fri Aug 02 15:12:16 1991 To: davidcol Subject: print assoc Date: Fri, 02 Aug 91 15:12:15 PDT

which, if any, print associations will be in beta 2???

############################### 100 From bradsi Fri Aug 02 15:20:58 1991 To: johnen kalak stevetho winbeta Subject: RE: BETA REQ: Digital Research, Inc. Date: Fri, 02 Aug 91 15:20:25 PDT

ha ha ha ha ha...

kala, please make sure this request doesn't get filled.

> From johnen Fri Aug 2 15:14:52 1991 To: bradsi stevetho winbeta Subject: RE: BETA REQ: Digital Research, Inc. Date: Fri Aug 02 15:11:40 PDT 1991

Um, I don't think so.

> From stevetho Fri Aug 2 14:49:56 1991 To: winbeta Subject: BETA REQ: Digital Research, Inc.




Date: Fri Aug 02 14:48:26 PDT

Customer: Digital Research, Inc. UK Address: 70 Garden Court Monteray, CA

Contact: John Constant Telephone: 44(0) 488 684587 FAX: 44 (0) 488 683135

Digital Research would like to become a beta site. They would like to enable their operating system to support Windows 3.10. Specifically they need to modify the LoadHi VxD (now part of VMM) allowing their memory manager to function correctly.

NOTE: John Constant would like to be contacted by telephone as soon as possible.

############################### 101 From: bradsi Fri Aug 02 15:53:17 1991 To: karkst philba Subject: win32 code review Date: Fri, 02 Aug 91 15:53:14 PDT

thomasf has been going through the win386 code and has noticed some places where he doesn't think they've set up critical sections right or worked through some of the cases; and suggests that someone like zibbo do a good code review. sounds like a good idea to me.

############################### 102 From: bradsi Fri Aug 02 16:14:12 1991 To: tomle Subject: next week Date: Fri, 02 Aug 91 16:14:07 PDT

I want to close on a dos dev lead. My first choice is paulc. Honestly, I'm a bit uneasy about nigelt.

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