Re: Guess what happens
"Microsoft keeps saying just wait for _________. You fill in the blank - I gave up keeping track."
How long have you been waiting?
Hang in there. I'm sure Windows __ will be everything you're hoping for...
"DOS being fairly cloned has had a dramatic impact on our pricing for DOS. I wonder if we would have it around 30-40% higher if it wasn't cloned. I bet we would!"
Bill Gates, 6th August 1989
"DOS remains the backbone though of both our software businesses. It is under extreme attack by high quality clones like DR DOS."
Bill Gates, 1st December 1989
"On the PR side, we have begun an 'aggressive leak campaign' for MS-DOS 5.0. The goal is to build anticipation for MS-DOS 5.0, and diffuse potential excitement/momentum from the DR DOS 5.0 announcement."
"DR DOS 5.0 Competitive Analysis," 2nd May 1990
"On the desktop, we have a strategic win today (monopoly). We must keep the desktop."
Microsoft Executive Staff Retreat, 10th May 1990
"There is an obvious conflict quickly approaching us, and I get the feeling we are not very prepared PR wise. The conflict is Windows 3.1 and DR-DOS. Apparently DRI is quite aware of our plans to not test with DR-DOS, our plan to not let them enter the Win 3.1 beta program, and our plan to detect the presence of MS-DOS and warn the user they are on an un-tested OS if MS-DOS is not detected."
David Cole, 7th November 1991
"What the guy is supposed to do is feel uncomfortable, and when he has bugs, suspect that the problem is dr-dos and then go out to buy ms-dos. or decide not to take the risk for all the other machines he has to buy for in the office."
Brad Silverberg, 10th February 1992
"the design preview has not leaked to the press are you surprised do you wish it would if so when"
Steve Ballmer, 9th June 1992
"Who at Microsoft gets up every morning thinking about how to compete with these guys in the short term -- specifically cut their revenue. Perhaps we need more focus on this. . . . "
Bill Gates, 21st July 1993
"WOW -- If you are REALLY still telling the field the RTM is Sept 30 -- and if you are REALLY serious -- we have a ton of work to do VERY fast?!! Is this just propaganda mail???"
Mike Appe, 7th April 1994