Even paranoids have enemies
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Thu, 28 May 98 02:00:07 -0700
Subject: Even paranoids have enemies
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I think this proves that any "paranoia" Netscape and Sun may have about
Microsoft is justified.
The MSNBC page at:
contains excerpts from internal MS mail, memos, quotes etc. that are part
of the Justice Department filing -- they make for interesting reading.
There is some really damning stuff here. Of course, not everything written
in any memo by any person is necessarily a concensus, or the policy of
Microsoft or Gates, but...
An internal Microsoft document says that the "strategic objective" was to
"kill cross-platform Java by grow[ing] the polluted Java market."
Similar comments were found in an e-mail written by Paul Maritz, group vice
president of the platforms and applications group, who wrote that Microsoft
must "blunt" Java's momentum and "reestablish ActiveX and non-Java
approaches . . . [to] protect our core asset Windows -- the thing we get
paid $'s for."
Jeff Raikes, Microsoft's Group Vice President for North America sales,
lamented the infiltration of competition from Netscape into what he
colloquially referred to as Microsoft's "Windows Paradise" and warned:
"The situation is threatening our operating systems and desktop
applications share at a fundamental level." Mr. Raikes also declared:
"Netscape pollution must be eradicated."
Kudos to MSNBC for publishing this stuff despite their very strong MS
[The page at:
has some other interesting quotes from Microsoft internal memos,
For instance, without identifying the author, the Justice
Department filing quotes an internal Microsoft document as
saying that the "strategic objective" was to "kill
cross-platform Java by grow[ing] the polluted Java market."
And, allegedly from Windows product manager Christian
Wildfeuer: "It seems clear that it will be very hard to
increase browser market share on the merits of IE 4 alone.
It will be more important to leverage the OS asset to make
people use IE instead of Navigator."
© 1998 Peter Langston