"A cracker of an email from Gates to senior Microsoft executives
has come to light, but unfortunately the text has been redacted,
possibly because it has not been presented to the court. If this is
the case we may get to know more if Judge Jackson allows it to be
filed publicly at the hearing."
"We can get some clues about the context in which the email is
discussed. The DoJ Memorandum says: "On July 11, 1999, less
than thirty days after the conclusion of the trial in this action,
Bill Gates wrote an email directing that Microsoft redesign its
software in order to harm competitors. This time, the products in
question were the Personal Digital Appliances that Microsoft
heralded at trial as one of the products that might someday undo
its monopoly. After discussing the Palm computing platform, Mr
Gates concluded in his email: [and this is where the redacted email
is quoted]. Frustrating, isn't it?"
"But hang on, there's a bit more. A Declaration by Rebecca
Henderson (more about her role soon), first refers to a Gates'
email of 28 January 1997 "instructing staff that it would be the
wrong strategy not to force Office users to use IE and to make
unilateral extensions to HTML, instructing them to patent elements
of Microsoft's HTML rendering engine and make it extremely hard to
clone, and explaining sarcastically that if his staff does not want
.to do anything proprietary' in the browser, they .have to stop
viewing HTML as central to our strategy and get another
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