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billg: the inetarnet will destroy our power ..

From: Bill Gates
To: Craig Mundle
Cc: Nathan Myhrvold; Rick Rashid; Russell Siegeiman
Subject: Internet
Date: Monday, April 10, 1995 3:00 AM

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Given that we are looking at the internet destroying our position as the setter of standards and APIs do you see things we should be doing to use ACT assets to avoid this?

I admit I find it hard to focus lost of resources on trials and things when the Inetarnet is taking away our power every day and will have eroded it irretrievably by the time broadband is pervasive on the course we are on right now.


From: Rick Rashid
To: Bill Gates; Craig Mundie
Subject: RE: Internet
Date: Tuesday, April 11. 1995 3:01 PM

OK- Here is a crazy idea (which frankly has nothing much to do with ACT but does address the question of Internet and standards):

As an example of Bill's point, Dan Ling showed me this morning that Satan (the new internet " daemon :-)) actually uses HTML as a user interface. Other software may begin to do this. It's easy. It produces a reasonable looking machine independent UI rather quickly. It's dangerous from our perspective of wanting to make and preserve valuable standards. There are plenty of other examples.


So here's the idea: make Windows the standard interactive application interface for the Internet.


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