Microsoft, Standards, and Incompatibility: 1991-2010 -- And a Novell Smoking Gun
Dec 22, 2010, 19:32 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pamela Jones)
Full Text Search: The Key to Better Natural Language Queries for NoSQL in Node.js
"Another gruesome exhibit is now finished as text in our
collection of Comes v. Microsoft exhibits, Exhibit 1116 [PDF].
"It's a Microsoft memo from 1991, regarding a suggested attack
plan to beat out IBM's OS/2, written by Joseph Krawczak, currently
group program manager for Outlook at Microsoft. Here are just three
damning sentences from the confidential memo:
"Pursue a product development strategy that prevents IBM from
claiming Windows compatibility. Prevent Windows applications from
running correctly on OS/2....
"Reposition OS/2 as impractical and incompatible in the minds of
"Nice. First quietly create incompatibilities to make sure that
Microsoft applications wouldn't run right on OS/2. Then tell the
world that they shouldn't buy OS/2 because Microsoft applications
wouldn't run right on OS/2.
"But 1991 is a long time ago, I hear some of you say, and there
is a new Microsoft. Oh? Let's see if that's so by highlighting one
of the recent Novell filings with the SEC, its work agreement with
Microsoft titled "Improving Microsoft-Novell Interoperability
through Open XML" and dated March of this very year."
- Oracle and Google Stipulate to a Proposed Protective Order(Dec 20, 2010)
- Microsoft-Organized Consortium Buying Novell Patents Are Apple, Oracle, MS, and EMC - Updated 5Xs(Dec 18, 2010)
- OraGoogle - The Jockeying for Position Begins in Earnest with Dueling Protective Orders(Dec 15, 2010)
- Google's Motion to Dismiss Paul Allen's Patent Infringement Complaint Granted(Dec 13, 2010)
- About Those 882 Novell Patents: This is Where OIN Comes In(Dec 08, 2010)
- Oracle's Reply to Google's Answer with Counterclaims(Dec 02, 2010)
- Editor's Note: Thank You(Nov 24, 2010)