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[5]: Fatal delusion
by MollyC on Mon 28th Aug 2006 01:23 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Fatal delusion"
MollyC
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"It's interesting that MS dropped VB macro support in Excel for Mac just recently, or else it would have been too easy for many businesses to adopt Macs over Dells in droves."

Well, it's still possible, in theory, as Mac Excel still supports VBA, and there's no release date for the next version. I read some MacBU blogs a couple weeks ago, and there's still an outside chance that VBA support will continue, but it's very slim. It depends on how great the demand is; apparently, porting the Mac VBA to intel is hard as hell, and the current thinking is that the effort wouldn't be worth it because the demand for VBA on Mac is so small. The effort would also delay the release of the next version of Mac Office, and many Mac users are looking forward to the next version since it'll be a universal binary; and 98% of those users don't care about VBA and wouldn't want any delays due to VBA (I got the 98% figure because I read that less thatn 2% of Mac users use VBA).

Note that since Mac Office98, the object models for Mac Office and Win Office have diverged so macros aren't 100% compatible between the two, and this has gotten worse as time has gone on and the suites have added features unique to themselves.

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