Feeds

Gates memo suggests secret deals with Lotus boss

So what was it Jeff Papows didn't want people to know he was telling Bill?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

In the transcript of yesterday's Bill Gates video deposition there's an intriguing exchange involving Lotus' Jeff Papows. Documentation shown to Gates during the video seems to suggest some kind of arrangement with Papows that wasn't necessarily the sort of thing his employers at IBM would favour. According to the memo, shown to Gates by DoJ attorney David Boies, Gates had written of Papows in August 1997: "He doesn't want anything attributed to me or he will get into trouble, but he says we can just refer to all the rumours on the Web about what kinds of deal is being done between Netscape and IBM." (Full transcript) Now here's a puzzle. In late July 1997 Lotus announced a deal whereby Microsoft Internet Explorer would be integrated more tightly with Lotus Notes. Lotus had earlier used Netscape Navigator, but had bust up with Netscape (somewhat ironically, under the circumstances) because Netscape didn't want to unbundle Navigator from Communicator. So do we conclude that Papows, having come to a Lotus position (as it were) with Microsoft, was padding gently around Microsoft, exerting what influence he could to stop parent company IBM running off with Netscape? That might be one interpretation. As yet the DoJ would not seem to have released the original document, so there's no way of knowing whether or not Papows was leaking confidential IBM information to Gates. But we've met him, and we can't imagine how that could be true. Oh, no... ® Complete Register trial coverage

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
DOUBLE BONK: Testy fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets
Users wail as tapcash transactions are duplicated
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web
While America tucks into Thanksgiving turkey, the world will be taking over the net
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.