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sinofsky: write to Winsock ..

From: Steven Sinofsky To: Christopher Payne ? Cc: Doug Henrich; James J allard; John Ludwig; Russel Siegeiman Subject: Internet stuff Date: Friday June 10 1994 PM

Steve -

Thanks for your quick response and the additional info, Very useful.

What we should be doing is getting as many third parties writing as many internet things on top of WinSock as possible, including as many WWW. Gopher, TN3270, etc clients as they can afford to do. We'd also love to see more server side work. Such as WWW and Gopher servers of commercial grade.

jimail: losing a Franchise

From: Jim Allchin (exchange) Sent: Tuesday, February 18, 1997 5:17 PM To: Bill Gates Cc: Paul Maritz

Subject: "Losing a Franchise - The Microsoft Windows Story" (a new harvard Case study)


1. Why are we doing so many things cross-platform? Are there more Macs, OS/2 or Unix clients today as a % or less than a year ago .. I consider this cross-platform issue a disease within Microsoft .. We should be asking for specific innovations to restrict to Windows ..


I see the same pattern here as with Novell a few years ago. Some people believed we should drop our work in TCP/IP and only do IPX/SPX work. It took significant effort in order to convince the PSD team to accept TCP for Windows 95. Why? Because we were in copy mode of Novell. We are doing it again. There is a time for this clone strategy, but the better long term approach is always to attack from a more strategic perspective.

nathanm: Internet strategy ..

From: Nathan Myhrvold Sent: Monday, April 24, 1995 8:10 AM To: Bill Gates Subject: FW: Internet stratagy

FYI - feedback from Blackbird group on my email


From: John Shewchuk To: nathanm; patfer; russs Subject: FW: Internet strategy Date: Thursday, April 20, 1995 7:50 AM

Very interesting memo - the Blackbird MSN/Internet.CorporateNet issue has been widely discussed on the Blackboard PM team for some time and there is a general consensus with the overall technical direction described here.


if we wanted to move forward on this, in addition to the obvious issues that we have been thinking about such as moving Blackbird objects across TCP/IP networks, creating a server SDK and so on .. Blackbird uses HTML superset and is extending it with OLE, Forms3 and other Windows assets. It also includes security and billing.

ideally, the Blackbird front end would include a great Web browser and it would seamlessly integrate access to servers on the Internet: using a plain vanilla HTML/HTTP as well as Blackbird servers. This is our current stratagy, but tactically we are not there yet. Blackbird technology will not be generally available for a few months after MSN 1.0 ships.


Given the current state of the internet and given our size and resource level, we are going to bootstrap our internet service by leapfrogging the current front end technology and distributing our own front end .. Over time (like within 3 months) we will be using more of the Internet infrastructure.


- We will move to using TCP/IP, and thus will benefit from the ever cheaper connectivity which is a central part of the internet.

- We will allow access to any Internet service.

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