Very interesting

Gerald Erdmann (gerald@stepman.com)
Tue, 4 Nov 97 08:25:59 +0100

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From: Gerald Erdmann <gerald@stepman.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Nov 97 08:25:59 +0100
To: Berliner NeXT User Group <beng@buran.fb10.tu-berlin.de>
Subject: Very interesting

Aus www.macrumors.com

_Microsoft's interest in other OS's growing?_

According to several reliable sources -- and backed up by tips
dropped off by numerous readers -- Microsoft Corp. is again sending
out probes into the industry to explore the possibilities of buying
partial or full rights to one of the emerging Intel-compatible
operating systems: most notably, Rhapsody/x86 and the BeOS for

Almost a dozen of Rumors' contacts in the industry are reporting
that they've heard, directly or indirectly, that Microsoft is
worried about the limits of its technology, and the problems of
Department of Justice probes into Windows98, which will force
virtually all Windows users to use Microsoft Internet Explorer as
their interface, something that the DOJ will most likely try to stop
in its tracks. Without Windows98, Microsoft will be dead in the
water...it does not have a new OS ready to bring to customers for at
least another three years after Win98 ships.

If the DOJ issue becomes serious -- as many hope that it will -- the
rumors of Microsoft buying Rhapsody or BeOS Intel technologies for
use in Windows may change ever so slightly...to suggest that
Microsoft may end up buying the Intel versions of Rhapsody or the
BeOS to _be_ Windows.

Gruss und danke an alle, die gestern da waren!


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