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why are we giving out the Office 2000 formats ..

From: Bob Muglia (Exchange)
Sent: Saturday, August 07, 1999 1:20 PM
To: Bill gates
Subject: RE: JPP response to your source code question etc....

This is a tough one. The format were published on the MSDN website
before I took over the group. So the decision about whether or not to
publish was already made. This really can't be undone because there
are 100's of 1000's of CDs already manufactured which contain the

I can't say for sure why the decision was made to publish this; I
suspect that people believed the PR cost exceded the valie of not

When I took over ATG last year, I was pretty suprised to find this
out. At this point, I don't know what to do as the genie is out of the
bottle and given our current stance with the file formats (ie. they
don't change until at least something major happens), I don't know
what can be done about it.


From: Bill Gates
Sent: Thursday, August 05, 1999 4:36 PM
To: Bob Muglia (exchange)
Subject: FW: JPP response to your source code question etc....

Why would the Office group be giving out the Office 2000 formats to
competitors? To me this seems crazy.

- Original Message -
From: Marc Kuperstein
Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 1999 2:35 PM
To: Bill Gates; Reed Koch; Will Poole
Cc: Marshall Goldberg; Anthony Bay (exchange)
Subject: FW: JPP response to your source code question etc....

Wanted to chime in ....

If you were not already aware we provided to Lotus documentation on
our Office 2000 HTML/XML file formats. Lotus had requested this
information several months back and we worked with the Office team to
get this information (a) published and (b) into the hands of companies
that wanted to interoperate (e.g., Lotus, Novell, Corel). This effort
will do a lot to improve interoperability between the products. Also,
it is my understanding that Lotus is planning on supporting import &
export of thethese formats in their SmartSuite product.

On the WMT/WMP front - we are in fact making progress but there are
still a couple of issues to be worked out. In general -

* I believe we are very close to having Lotus commit to shipping WMP
4.0 with Notes.

* The Lotus/IBM team is working closely with our WMT folks on figuring
out ow to best create an Integrated experience. Lotus has told us that
they see great value for their customers in having an integrated
solution between WNT & Donino/Notes on both the server and client. To
the credit of ABay's team, we have been aggressivly evaluating ways to
make this happen in the WNT 4.0 timeframe ... but I believe everyone
agrees that the desired integration would be very near impossible to
achieve today and some aspects would be very expensive and the
technology risky. None the less, a lot of progress has been made as a
result of these oforts and we are getting closer to a stronger
commitment to continue down this path - perhaps including some type of

- Original Message -
From: Marshall Goldberg
Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 1999 1:42 PM
To: Marc Kuperstein
Subject: FW: JPP response to your source code question etc....

You need to see this.

- Original Message -
From: Bill Gates
Sent: Friday, July 02, 1999 11:57 AM
To: Reed Kock
Cc: Marshall Goldberg; Will Poole
Subject: FW: JPP response to your source code question etc

I pass this along...

- Original Message -
From: Jeffrey_Papows@lotus.com [mailto:Jeffrey_Papows@Lotus.com
Sent: Friday, July 02, 1999 6:19 AM
To: Bill Gates
Cc: Will Poole
Subject: FW: JPP response to your source code question etc


We strongly believes it is in our customers' best interest to provide
compatibility between our desktop applications, particularly file
compatibility for word processing (Took us a decade to get there bu
hay we've all gotten older if not smarter) - We will provide Microsoft
a special .DLL file for accessing Lotus Word Pro files as well as
documentation for its use and sample programs under a mutual non-
disclosure agreement. Your teams can request this by sending e-mail to
Word_pro_API"lotus.com and we will send a, actually I'll get our folks
on it proactivly. We can also supply source code for this DLL file and
any assistance required by Microsofot in its efforts to build tighter
compatability between MS Word and Lotus Word Pro. Feel free to have
the appropriate people in your development organization to contact Joe
Guthridge (Joe_Guthridge"lotus.com) who heads up the Word Pro team for
any further information or clarification or help they need to make
things happen... We look forward to working with your crew, and I know
our customers will appreciate it. On another note we're fast
proceeding on the media player front, we are waiting for a small come
back from Will's guys now but have also begun to draft a common
release, we should have that work done shortly. Keep me posted. By the
way looks like the Y2K legislation go somewhere.

Jeff Papows
President and Chief Executive Officer
Lotus Development Corporation
Voice 617-693-8254
E-Mail: Jeffrey_Papows@lotus.com <mailto:Jeffrey_Papows@Lotus.com>




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