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William Poole of NComputing (Formerly Microsoft) Blamed in the Big Collusion

A couple of days ago we wrote about the far-reaching collusion which was unveiled with the unsealing of evidence.



Here is a new turn of events. An almost-new name shows up because Jim Allchin, who was recently pulled into the investigation (he thought he had peacefully retired after the irreparable Vista disaster), points his finger at Will Poole, who left company some months ago and shortly afterwards joined NComputing [1, 2, 3], a company that typically distributed GNU/Linux (although Windows options are available too). Poole was also seen involved with this collusion in our first post about the subject.

A surprise decision by Microsoft jeopardized its relationship with PC giant Hewlett-Packard a year before Windows Vista's release, according to internal e-mails unsealed late Friday in U.S. District Court in Seattle. The messages, between top Microsoft and HP executives, shed new light on the behind-the-scenes turmoil that preceded the operating system's troubled debut.

"You have demonstrated a complete lack of commitment to HP as a strategic partner and cost us a lot of money in the process," wrote HP executive Richard Walker in a January 2006 message to then-Microsoft Windows chief Jim Allchin. "Your credibility is severely damaged in my organization."

[...]

From: Jim Allchin Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2006 9:01 AM To: Steve Ballmer Cc: Kevin Johnson Subject: FW: Microsoft Vista Compatible Announcement

I am beyond being upset here.

This was totally mismanaged by Intel and Microsoft.

What a mess.

Now we have an upset partner, Microsoft destroyed credibility, as well as my own credibility shot.

I was away and I get back to see this mess.

I was told all this started with a call between you and Paul (Otellini, Intel's CEO). I will have to get to the bottom of this and understand how we could be so insensitive in handing the situation.

jim

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From: Steve Ballmer Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2006 3:32 PM To: Jim Allchin Cc: Kevin Johnson Subject: RE: Microsoft Vista Compatible Announcement

I had nothing to do with this. Will (Poole, another Windows executive) handled everything. I received a message that paul was going to call. Will said he would handle it. Paul called. I had not even had a chance to report his issues when Will told me he had solved them. (It did not sound like he had) I am not even in the detail of the issues

You better get will under control thanks.


There is more information about this in:

1. E-mails Show 'Vista Capable' Changes Aided Intel

Pressured by Intel Corp., Microsoft Corp. relaxed the rules for a crucial Windows Vista marketing program -- a move that let the chip maker sell older graphics chip sets that were incapable of meeting the original requirements, internal e-mails show.


2. Microsoft nobbled ‘Vista-Capable’ for Intel

High-ranking Microsoft and Intel executives were involved in a plan to re-write the Windows Vista Capable program to save both companies - and OEMs - millions of dollars, according to unsealed court documents.


3. Top execs cast blame in Vista Capable 'mess'

After Microsoft loosened the requirements, senior vice president of HP's consumer PC unit, Richard Walker fired off an e-mail to Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Johnson and Jim Allchin, the co-president of Microsoft's platforms and services division.


This is also covered by IDG. Intel is as guilty as Microsoft and it's far from its only crime. Readers are encouraged to dodge Intel, to the extent possible.

Intel: criminal inside



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