Bill Gates: "We should look at even patenting the things we do add to help Office."

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We should look at even patenting the things we do add to help Office.

Bill Gates

Also see: Patent Manoeuvres Fight Free Software, Have Roots in Microsoft's Past, Impressed by OpenOffice, Bill Gates Schemes to Use Software Patents Against It (same exhibit)

And also see: Bill Gates, 1999: Giving out the Office 2000 Formats to Competitors Seems Crazy (Reader's comment: "from July 1999, Lotus gives MS a DLL and source code to access Word Pro files")

Newer: How Bill Gates Denied Access to Office File Format Documentation to Stifle Competition - This post summarises and assembles various exhibits which show that it was policy at Microsoft to stifle competition through access to documentation. This also contains one new exhibit.

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