November 09, 2005

PBS | I, Cringely . November 3, 2005 - It's Deja Vu All Over Again

Cringely on Microsoft Live :


Here's how it goes inside Microsoft:

Bill Gates: "We need web services!"

Jim Allchin: "What are you talking about? We'll just build them into Longhorn, which will ship in 2003, 'er 2007."

Bill Gates: "Off with his head!" (Allchin is carried from room.)

Bill Gates: "We need web services!"

Ray Ozzie: "I'll give you web services. This is Microsoft, home of a million technologies. I'll be right back." (Leaves room.)

Ray Ozzie: (returning) "Sorry, no web services after all. They were perceived as being in conflict with Windows and Office and therefore purged."

Bill Gates: "Bring me the checkbook!"

And so Microsoft business development minions are scurrying everywhere looking for companies to buy that have products to redeem the promises Microsoft has already made.


PBS | I, Cringely . November 3, 2005 - It's Deja Vu All Over Again

Update :


Microsoft will spend whatever it takes to retain control, which could mean ANYTHING. Seriously, ANYTHING. Windows for free? Don't be surprised if it happens.
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