!Re: Nuke Redmond!

From: Mike Ford <mikeford_at_socal.rr.com>
Date: Sat Apr 8 02:18:23 2000

>> >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
>> >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
>> Apple basic was dead.
>If you want to, I'd guess you can find a predatory practice under every
>leaf. Do you really suppose that's what this was? Seeing the BASIC go by
>the wayside doesn't make me terribly sad, but I've not seen the Apple/Mac
>cut at the task. Was it any good?

I was speaking in reference only to MicroSoft QuickBasic, and quite a few
people were more than miffed when MS pulled the plug on it since the
applications they wrote depended on a runtime module from MS. And yes I
think MS did it to poke Apple in the eye.
Received on Sat Apr 08 2000 - 02:18:23 BST

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