Feeds

Gates smoking email asks how to break rival's software

After a quiet period, the other trial is perking up again...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

MS on Trial Oops - just when they thought it was safe to go back into the mail system, Caldera has unleashed a stack of nasties relating to the period when, the company claims, Microsoft was deliberately making sure DR-DOS wouldn't run Windows. And quote of the week comes from Jim "Videotape" Allchin, now running Microsoft's multiple OS rollouts but then pithily observing of Redmond's Utah competition: "I hate them." That's a lot easier to read than your deposition transcript, Jim. But more importantly, the email trail leads to Bill Gates again: "You never sent me a response on the question of what things an [application] would do that would make it run with MS-DOS and not run with DR-DOS," writes Bill. One must presume this is only healthy curiosity, rather than evidence of a Gates-inspired plot to sabotage DR-DOS. Microsoft did include a routine that tested for non-MS-DOS operating systems, but only included this in pre-release versions of MS-DOS. But other emails suggest that something was going on. Said Rich Abel: "I hate this whole thing. I think it's totally rude, reinforces the image that users have of us as the evil ones." The emails also show that Microsoft did identify ways to identify whether the OS was DR-DOS or MS-DOS, but found that applications "have no business making [these] calls." Caldera is currently suing Microsoft over claimed destabilisation and anti-competitive behaviour in a period which now seems largely ancient history, but the appearance of more skeletons after the DoJ ones have largely worked their way through the system must be unwelcome news for Microsoft. ® Complete Register trial coverage

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Spies, avert eyes! Tim Berners-Lee demands a UK digital bill of rights
Lobbies tetchy MPs 'to end indiscriminate online surveillance'
How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?
Can you hear the difference? Can anyone?
Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'
There's morality and then there's economics ...
Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims
Choc Factory sniffs: 'We're not pirate-lovers - also, you publish The Sun'
While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m
Right before the stock took a 3.8% dive amid bent and broken mobe drama
4chan outraged by Emma Watson nudie photo leak SCAM
In the immortal words of Shaggy, it wasn't me us ... amirite?
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.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.