Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th Aug 2006 20:33 UTC, submitted by Saad
Legal When Mac sales dropped off in 1985, Bill Gates personally wrote John Sculley suggesting that he license the Macintosh design to companies like Apollo, DEC and Wang, and establish the software as the industry standard. Apple declined, and Microsoft published Windows. Sculley was enraged, and eventually filed suit. After five years, Apple lost, but not before severely damaging its relationship with Microsoft (which accounted for 2/3 of all Mac software sales).
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How soon we forget
by Jon Dough on Fri 25th Aug 2006 22:14 UTC
Jon Dough
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2005-11-30

Many have forgotten -- or never knew -- that Microsoft provided many programs for the Mac, and has made a ton of money as a result. Microsoft even bought a stake in Apple so that this lucrative market could continue.

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RE: How soon we forget
by jayson.knight on Sat 26th Aug 2006 01:24 in reply to "How soon we forget"
jayson.knight Member since:
2005-07-06

Actually their first mainstream desktop application was for Mac and Mac only: Excel. It would be 2 years later before it was ported to Windows.

For some insight into MacBu (MS's Mac business unit) have a look at Rick Schaut's blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/rick_schaut/default.aspx.

I'd say it's more along the "never knew" lines. MS and Apple have had a very long (and relatively good) working relationship.

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