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Re: Microsoft shares hit an 11-year low

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____/ Chris Ahlstrom on Thursday 12 February 2009 12:35 : \____

> After takin' a swig o' grog, Rex Ballard belched out
> this bit o' wisdom:
>> On Jan 29, 12:56 am, "DFS" <nospam@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> Almost impossible.
>>> > Abandonware happens a lot in the Windows world as it is.
>>> > I can't say I've ever seen a single application get dropped under
>>> > Windows that someone else came along later and picked up to continue
>>> > development.  Not once.
>>> So you can name 5 abandoned Windows commercial apps.
>> NetScape
>> Borland JBuilder
> Not to mention Borland's C/C++ compiler, which they simply made free a few
> years ago.

    "Fierce competitors Microsoft Corp. and Borland International, Inc. have
moved their battle from the networked desktop to the courtroom.

    Borland last week filed suit against Microsoft, alleging that the Redmond,
Wash., giant has been systematically recruiting Borland developers in an
attempt to eliminate the company as a competitor. Microsoft and Borland are
rivals in the budding Java and Internet tools markets.


    The suit alleges that Microsoft’s Bill Gates himself sweetened the pot.
Gross eventually accepted the offer, which included an additional half-million
dollar bonus, last September.

    A noticeably angry Borland CEO Del Yocam complained about the nerve of
Microsoft. “How flagrant, driving limos up to the front of the company. That
is what riles you,” Yocam complained. Yocam said his No. 1 goal is to get
Microsoft to stop recruiting."


From: jimail Fri Jan 3 07:55:55 1992
To: billg; carls; jeffr; kellyw; maikmap; paulma
Cc: steveb
Subject: Digital letter
Date: Fri: Jan 03 07:54:26 PDT 1992
Mail-Flags: 8000

We are about to send a letter to Digital outlining our conclusions concerning
DBC NAS and WOIA. It will be quite direct and concrete with the summary being:

1. We will jointly promote one API set for Windows clients, consisting of
Win16, Win32, OLE and Cairo components.


We do not suggest that we "merge CDA and OLE" or any of the other hundred rat
holes that could be entered .. Long term I can't imagine their current world
surving so I frankly think we are helping their future.


From: carls Thu Jan 2 19:23:39 1992
To: billg; jeffr; jimail; kellyw; maikmap' paulma
Cc: steveb
Subject: Digital Exec Meeting, Dec 13 1991
Date: Thu Jan 2 92 19:21:14 1992


We proposed that Digital really embrace Windows as the key client/desktop
environment, that they define Windows as part of NAS, that they position
themselves as the Windows integration company. We also proposed that NAS
somehow fit into the "Windows Open Network/Info Archicture."
They really did not respond to any of this.


>From: w-maria Thu Jan 30 07:08:06 1992
To: billj; joamo; markk; pinckney
Subject: Demo '92
Cc: hankv; martyta; pateh; w-maria; xlpr
Date: Thu Jan 30 06:55:35 1992


As you may know Excel 4 did *not* win the demo off .. The method for collecting
audience feedback was this applause-o-meter thing reminiscnet of those things
you pound at carnivals. We realized they were sensitive to high frequency and
Borland had several whistlers who were able to influence it upwards.


There is an off chance that Borland will do something obnoxious like publicize
that they won this. I think this could backfire since people like Jay Singh of
PC Week hinself said therre was something funny about that meter thing.

>>> It may be a good idea at the appropriate time to take the initiave on
property inspectors .. We'd have to handle this carefully so that we don't
make the Excel 4 UI appear obsolete .. We might say that we didn't include
property inspectors in Excel 4 because we knew that they would be a key part
of the future standard UI .. We might even say that we waited on property
inspectors because we intended to be open about them and consult other ISVs
before doing them.


>From: billg Thu Jan 92 12:51 1992
Subject: Jobs/NEXT
To: julieg; chrisp; maiemap
Cc: jeffr; peteh; nathanm; arrong

Steve called te today and said that a small developer who is doing a mac
emulator .. took mac word (probably version 4) and got it running on the NEXT


My view of NEXTs volume has nit changed - I don't think they will do very well,
so this would have to be very low effort for us.


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