“Yet more criticism of Microsoft’s business practices has emerged in the wake of the recent Iowa anti-trust trial [Comes vs. Microsoft],” Jonny Evans reports for Macworld UK.
“Documentary evidence that Microsoft considered abandoning Office for Mac in order to cause ‘a great deal of harm’ to Apple has emerged,” Evans reports.
Evans reports, “An emailed memo from Microsoft-founder Bill Gates to then Mac Business Unit chief Ben Waldman dated June 1997 talks about morale in the Mac Office development camp. At that time Microsoft’s senior management were considering dumping Mac support.”
Evans reports, “It describes dumping development of the product as: ‘The strongest bargaining point we have, as doing so will do a great deal of harm to Apple immediately.'” The document also confirms that Microsoft at the time saw Office for the Mac as a chance to test new features in the product before they appeared in Windows, ‘because it is so much less critical to our business than Windows.'”
Link to the full document is available in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]
Mac users should not buy Microsoft software (or hardware) – May 16, 2003