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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RE: Fatal delusion
by Cloudy on Sat 26th Aug 2006 05:04 UTC in reply to "Fatal delusion"
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2006-02-15

What you have to explain in those years is how MS ever got to the position where it had the power to use anti competitive tactics.

They leveraged the IBM monopoly to their advantage and IBM's regret.

If it hadn't been the forces entirely outside of Microsoft's control that led to the 'exact clone' pc clone market, coupled with MS's providing IBM with the OS for the PC, MS would have just been another of a dozen players in the software provider business.

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