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The Register: 'Pissy emails from billg' - MS exec sinks teeth into Gates

May 19, 2000, 14:53 (6 Talkback[s])
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"An astonishing email from former Microsoft top exec Brad Silverberg suggests that at least elements of the Microsoft High Command wanted the company to split off its OS and apps businesses more formally. And stranger still, the email was written in February 1999, when trial proceedings were already heating up."

"We've noted in the past that Silverberg would have a tale to tell if he ever took the stand, because he was in charge of Win95 development during the period when Microsoft now says it was already planning to integrate. His contribution to the trial has been thin so far, but from this email it seems he didn't think integration was technologically valid."

"Could it get worse? Well, yes. He goes on: " since the goal is to have a completely reinvented version of windows, it's clear the team has to be completely separate and independent from windows. because the windows team's goal is to make new thing completely unnecessary . . . . really needs to be a separate company within the company."

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