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Re: Bill Gates Knowingly Breaks the Law?

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____/ 7 on Saturday 27 December 2008 14:01 : \____

> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
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>> This was never posted in COLA, but someone has just found it...
>> - ---------------------------
>> - ---original message---
>> From: Bill Gates
>> Sent: Tuesday, January 28, 1997 10:34 AM
>> To: Paul Maritz; Brad Sliverberg
>> Cc: Nathan Myhrvold; Aaron Conforer; Jim Allchin (Exchange); John Ludwig;
>> Richard Fade; Jon DeVaan;~ Steven Sinofsky
>> Subject HTML. Opervieec
>> There has recently been an exchange on email with people in the Office
>> group about Office and HTML.
>> In one piece of mail people were suggesting that Office had to work
>> equally well with all browsers and that we shouldn?t force Office users to
>> use our browser. This Is wrong and I wanted to correct this.
>> Another suggestion In this mail was that we can?t make our own unilateral
>> extensions to HTML I was going to say this was wrong and correct this
>> also.
>> [...]
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>> Bill Gates... what a 'nice' guy.
> This would have broken anti-trust laws and a lot of browsers too.
> Its the failure yet again of regulators to separate OS maker from
> application maker - i.e. split micoshaft.
> Classic example of deep corruption within governments and regulatory
> cicles and its always the consumer that suffers.

Bear in mind that my resentment is fueled by knowledge that I have and other
people don't bother with. Microsoft is a PR machine; you /must/ look

Of relevance to many companies (someone in IRC brought them up along with the
PDF from the courts):

"I have decided that we should not publish these extensions. We should wait
until we have a way to so a high level of integration that will be harder for
the likes of Notes, Wordperfect to achieve, and which will give Office a real

                --Bill Gates

"We should design some of our extensions explicitly so that IBM can't run them
under OS/2. We need to put real thinking into this."

                --Bill Gates

Here is some real code from MS-DOS (shown in Comes vs MS):

*               Displays a warning message if the user is running
*       a non MS or IBM PC DOS machine (Le. pirated DOS). C.) 
* Returns: 
*                       none 
int near DisplayA1ienDosMessage(void) 

        print(9,TAE,”WARNING: Microsoft QuickPascal has been tested for use”); 
        print(lO,TAB,‘only with the MS-DOS and PC-DOS operating systems.”); 
        print(12,TAB,’Your use of this product with another operating system"); 
        print(13,TAB,’may void valuable warranty protection provided by”); 
        print(14,TAB,”Mlcrosoft on QuickPascal.’); 
        print(16,TAB,”...Press any key to continue’); 

*main - setup's main 
*               main code for setup. Initialize stuff and do the setup. 
*               argC, argV as in ‘the bible” (K&R) 
*               void, note that setup exits from “terminate" not main. 
/ void NEAR main ( argC, argV )
int                              argC; 
unsigned char *argV [];

        extern ME1~4U contMaiu; 
        extern unsigned char    sDrive; // set if sourcedir non-
        int                     retVal; 
        unreferenced (argC); 


        if (!Verify_DOS (); 

                DisplayAlienDosMessage (); 

        if (argV[O](1)==’:’) // don’t assume 
drive A: 
                sDrive = (unsigned char) toupper(*argv[O]);
        JnitDefOptions (); 

                        retVal = DoThatStateThing (); 
                        ReleaseMemory Q; 
                ppszErrLns= ppszErrTable [ OUTOFMEM ]; 
                AlertState ( &contMenu, 1.2, dispGenErr); 
                retVal = rv_JtJSTEXIT; 

        terminate (retVal); // exits setup} 

- -- 
                ~~ Best of wishes

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