Bill Gates lets on that he is a philanthropist but reading some of his e-mails shows quite a different story. Here’s one about dealing with Intel, you know, the other part of Wintel:
“From: Bill Gates
Sent: Sunday, June 09, 1996 10:11 PM
To: Joachim Kempin
Cc: Paul Maritz; Marshall Brumer; Rich Tong; Jonathan Roberts; David Heiner
Subject: Intel payments for logo usage
I decided to send this issue to a small group
Intel pays out about $500M per year in advertising incentive money for people to use their logo. It is serious money. When Compaq decided to join the program it cost them a lot. They sort of hope IBM doesn’t join since that would also cost them a lot.
They have adopted a policy that if there is more than one logo then they pay a lot less. I told Andy that they should just reduce payments after 2 logos (theirsd and one others). He tried to say the
lawyers though that was a problem and I told him that was real nonsense since they wouldn’t be saying anything about the second logo and whose it is. He said he is the decision maker on this issue. He said he will talk to the lawyers again. I told him I didn’t want him to hide behind the lawyers since dropping payments after 2 is certainly as open as dropping payments after 1. We may have to get our lawyers to talk to their lawyers at some point. Joachim – go ahead and talk to Ottelini. If we can’t get it structured this way I will want the lawyers to give their opinion and I will make one more appeal to Andy.
If it turns out we can’t get this solved I have another idea. Itsd an idea that might make sense even if the logo thing stays intact. We could use MDA incentive to convince Oems to refere to the PCs they license Windows on as WindowsPC’s rather than IBM compatible. We could incent them to use this designation sort of like we do the logo. If we were successful the world would change the way it talks about PCs to WindowsPCs.
So, Intel started paying OEMs to use an “Intel” sticker and Bill decided they should not pay less if there was also an M$ sticker. Isn’t it great that Bill feels he can tell others how to run their businesses? Isn’t it great to be a
I think the world is becoming a better place as the monopoly subsides. It’s just happening too damned slowly.