Confidential Microsoft memo says: "Screw Sun, cross-platform will never work. Let's move on and steal Java."
This is a confidential memo that is being used for making the Java copying charges against Microsoft.
One of their product manager wrote the following to his associate in Microsoft:
From: Prasanth Sridharan
Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 1997
To: Russ Arun
Subject: Re: More Questions about ADD in Java
If we, as a company, are interested in promoting Windows, why bother with AFC?....
Screw Sun, cross-platform will never work. Let's move on steal the Java language.
That said, have we ever taken a look at how long it would take Microsoft to build a cross-platform Java that did work? Naturally, we would never do it, but it would give us some idea of how much time we have to work with in killing Sun's Java.
Visual J++ Product Manager
There is a number of messages after that and Prasanth still says, "Screw Sun".
All these memos and other documents show that Microsoft was trying to destroy Sun's Java and wanted to have their own Java program copied from Sun.
I wonder whether they will keep all MS memos and e-mails in the future or just destroy it immediately. They are finding so many damning evidence against Microsoft, wonder whether Gates knows about all this stuff.