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

New hybrid storage solutions

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

The next step in data security

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!
Redmond sporran metrics get one in the ten ring
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please
'Platform for piracy' must be punished, or it'll kill us in FIVE YEARS
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.