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Dear Fred Moody:
Splitting the baby/2 is a good start. Pity those Microsoft engineers,
delaying Windows 98 while they reposition their Vin Weber contracted
public relations campaign. These engineers will have to come up with new
solutions to the international Open Standards, seven network layers that
are largely made proprietary, through workarounds and shortcuts in the
MS programming code. These engineers will have to lobby Congress and the
CEOs of the Fortune 500, to convince them that they have learned 64 bit
enterprise networks from their teachers at DEC. DEC is proud to announce
that they have more NT certified engineers than Microsoft. That's
because they are training these engineers in mission critical support,
something Microsoft has yet to master.
The judge is doing much more than keeping a single company alive. He
gives millions of users and businesses choices that a single Microsoft
solution will never provide: competitive upgrades for nonproprietary
standards such as HTML and TCP/IP. What about the "other" engineers?
Pity the competition. They don't have the market cap of 154 billion
dollars to give in stock options and warrants, buying the competition,
as it rises with innovation. Do you think Microsoft pays cash for its
acquisitions, or a little venture capital, spiked with lots of stock
options? No one wants the price of Microsoft stock to collapse, when you
have a stake in the outcome.
If the price of Microsoft were to collapse, would there be more
innovation or less? Imagine thousands of engineers released to form
smaller, more competitive enterprises, much like IBM did. Would there be
confusion and chaos? Would you blame the DOJ or the market? Chaos and
uncertainty led to the development of the decentralized Internet. A
truly open Internet would tend to erode the markets of your employer:
ABC/DISNEY. Microsoft and the broadcasters consider us narrowcasters to
be their nemesis. So I wish to compliment them for having the foresight
to prop up the Microsoft PR attack.