Even more fun stuff has been exposed via the Iowa anti-trust trial. This time it’s in the form of documetation that confirms Microsoft considered dumping the Mac version of Office in order to do “a great deal of harm” to Apple.
The email specifically described dumping Office for Mac as “The strongest bargaining point we have, as doing so will do a great deal of harm to Apple immediately.”
The form of the documentation was in an email memo from Microsoft-cofounder Bill Gates to then Mac Business Unit chief Ben Waldman. It was dated June 1997.
1997…hmmm…why is that familiar? Oh yeah! Remember what happened in January 1997?
So roughly 6 months after Bill Gates appeared at Macworld to show support for Apple, Microsoft was discussing stabbing the company in the back.
That’s real classy.