!Re: Nuke Redmond!

From: Mike Ford <mikeford_at_socal.rr.com>
Date: Fri Apr 7 20:05:25 2000

>On Fri, Apr 07, 2000 at 03:13:47PM -0400, Sean 'Captain Napalm' Conner wrote:
>> Apple was working on a version of BASIC for the Macintosh that would
>> resemble VB today in the late 80s/early 90s. Microsoft got wind of it and
>> threatened to cut their license to Microsoft BASIC for the APPLE II (still
>> amoney maker at the time) if Apple actually released the product. Apple
>> towed the line and what do you know---Microsoft produces this very
>> innovative product called Visual Basic shortly thereafter, but for Windows.
>> To my knowledge, the Apple ``Visual Basic'' never saw the light of day.
>I heard the same story when I did an internship at Apple in summer '89.
>The way I heard it, the Mac BASIC actually got as far as field test before
>Billy strong-armed Apple into suppressing it and leaving the BASIC market
>to M$.

I more or less agree, except I still have MS Qbasic for the mac, and I
believe that was the product MS threatened with, and still dropped once the
Apple basic was dead.
Received on Fri Apr 07 2000 - 20:05:25 BST

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