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Re: Moderately improved map of Microsoft tying evidence
>David E. Y. Sarna wrote:
>> 2. Making software work and install takes work and money. Microsoft
>> developed a product call IE.
It might be worthwhile to note that Microsoft purchased browser
software developed by Spyglass which then became IE. It would
not be accurate to imply that Microsoft developed a product called
IE out of whole cloth.
I would hope that it would not be "slanderous" to also note that
earlier this year Spyglass had alleged that Microsoft was withholding
royalty payments, and had requested an audit. I believe this was
settled out of court by Microsoft paying Spygless some agreed
on lump sum. An outcome similar to that of the suit brought
against Microsoft by Seattle Computer Products, the developers of
the 86Q-DOS operating system which Microsoft purchased for $50,000
in 1981, and became MS-DOS as licensed to IBM. This suit, the
allegations of which I do not readily have, was also settled by
Microsoft paying SCP nearly $1 million.
>From reviewing the history of Microsoft's buyouts, software purchases,
equity investments and "partnerships", and how these find their way
into Microsoft branded products, I can see how someone could conclude
that Microsoft in actuality has rarely developed something completely
on their own, but has relied on purchasing someone else's innovation,
creativity, and foresight as their R&D. If this was indeed shown to
be fact, it would none the less not be a crime, but it would give one
cause to not credit Microsoft too much for "developing" their products.
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