History can return to life when written communication gets resurrected then exposed. If you have been following Microsoft litigation, you must have heard about their short-yet-intensified battles in the State of Iowa. With quotes
like this one from Jim Allchin, who can possibly defend the Microvell deal?
[Allchin, a very senior Microsoft manager:] “We need to slaughter Novell before they get stronger… If you’re going to kill someone, there isn’t much reason to get all worked up about it and angry. You just pull the trigger. Any discussions beforehand are a waste of time. We need to smile at Novell while we pull the trigger.”
Under undisclosed terms, Microsoft has recently paid to settle Iowa’s class action lawsuit and (yet again!) escape prosection. Immediately after that, many valuable documents were no longer available for public access. But worry not, my friends. After a few weeks, everything was resurrected. The extensive mirror, http://edge-op.org/iowa/www.iowaconsumercase.org/ , has been up for a while. Merely each exhibit there, among thousands, contains an example of Microsoft ‘dirty tricks’, be it fraud, extortion, technical sabotage, exclusionary contracts, FUD, or malicious and uncompetitive tactics. Enjoy browsing as many secrets contained therein have not received the public attention they deserve. Spread the word. Knowledge will save us from ignoring history’s lessons.