Windows chief Allchin 2004 email: I’d buy a Mac if I didn’t work for Microsoft

“Here’s the latest report from the Iowa antitrust litigation, Comes v. Microsoft, Inc., being held in Polk County District Court [Iowa]. We have excerpts from transcripts of Thursday’s and Friday’s sessions, including a 2004 email from Jim Allchin to Steve Balmer and Bill Gates in which he says Microsoft had lost sight of what customers need and that he himself would buy a Mac, if he didn’t work for Microsoft,” Groklaw reports.

Groklaw reports, “Co-counsel Hagstrom began his part of the Plaintiffs’ opening statement. Hagstrom first began with a quote from Nathan Myrhvold, ‘There is a huge value to a monopoly, and we have the position and skills that it makes sense for us to shoot for it.’ Hagstrom continued, ”Huge value to a monopoly’, think about what that means.’ Hagstrom reviewed the specific ways Plaintiffs believe that Microsoft harmed Iowans. He emphasized that ‘competition is good, monopoly is bad.’ A good example:”

Exhibit 7264. Almost three years ago, on January 7, 2004, Jim Allchin, the senior executive at Microsoft, sent an E-mail to Microsoft’s top two executives, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, and the subject was “losing our way.”

Mr. Allchin says, I’m not sure how the company lost sight of what matters to our customers, both business and home, the most, but in my view we lost our way. I think our teams lost sight of what bug-free means, what resilience means, what full scenarios mean, what security means, what performance means, how important current applications are, and really understanding what the most important problems our customers face are. I see lots of random features and some great vision, but that does not translate into great products. He goes on to say, I would buy a Mac today if I was not working at Microsoft.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “LinuxGuy and Mac Prodigal Son” for the heads up.]


  1. M$ i Minions of Satan. Made even more obvious by this story.

    I hope Steve has wised up since the early “Pirate’s of Silican Valley” days, and never trusts Bill and his company for a second.

    This article and the other latest thing with Office and the Mac is just the begining. M$ is becoming a desperate cornered animal, they will do anything to save themselves.

    Beware Steve, beware. Stay one step ahead, watch your back, and do not trust them this time around.

  2. Man, you’d think that Allchin would have enough money that he could quit Microsoft (Brokeback Redmond: “I can’t quit you.”), take it easy, relax and enjoy a good computing experience on a Mac. Wouldn’t that be a great switcher ad? Have ol’ Allchin up there with that funky little switcher tune playing:

    “So I used to be a bigshot at Microsoft. I kept looking at what we were doing and knew it was wrong. It was bad. It was not how a computer experience should be. So I says to Bill Gates, ‘I would buy a Mac if I didn’t work at Microsoft.’ Steve Ballmer piped in, ‘Why don’t you quit and buy a Mac then, Jimbo?’ So I did. I left Microsoft and my multi-million dollar salary just so that I could use a Mac. I’m Jim Allchin, and I now use a Mac.”

  3. LOL “I’m not sure how the company lost sight of what matters to our customers, both business and home” Such self deception.

    Somehow I don’t think they are even in their sight. Microsoft tailors its “products” enitirey on monopolistic imperatives. Customers are in athe cage, screw ’em!
    $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $are all they look at/ care about.

  4. M.X.N.T.4.1,

    What no one gets, and mostly MS, is that, even MS would be better off if the whole didn’t rely on them.

    So why does the whole world keep relying on MS, I think mostly because of the indoctrination of IT pros at the academic level… And I don’t know what the anwer is there. I want there to be a magic bullet in here somewhere, but alas, there’s mostly likely not one to be found.

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