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Euthanasia for an Eye Opener
This is a good example of how to form a cybernetic firing squad, making
developers kill their darlings for stock options.
> But Redmond may have another card to play
> against the Java suite. Several months ago,
> the company quietly bought a small software
> start-up called Coopers & Peters. At the time
> of the acquisition, Coopers & Peters had
> released a Java app called EyeOpener - a
> demo framework for a Java-based suite
> compatible with Office 95, and boasting an
> Office-like user interface.
> "Microsoft paid more than US$20 million for
> them and we've never seen any of those
> products," says Rick Ross of the Java Lobby,
> the independent developers group.
> "[EyeOpener] was my best hope. It ran on PCs
> and Macs a year ago and these guys had an
> unusual combination of insight and drive
> going for them. It's the occurrence of a
> phenomenon where Microsoft bought a
> product right out of existence," he says.
> Neither Ted Peters nor Ken Cooper, both now
> Microsoft employees, would return Wired
> News phone calls. "We haven't been
> commenting on the work they are doing," said
> a Microsoft spokesman. "We have no plans to
> ship the products they were working on prior
> to the acquisition.
> "It is a particular topic we are not discussing
> publicly," the representative said.
To win at Monopoly, it helps to own all the railroads.