Friday, March 11, 2005

The New York Times > Technology > Microsoft Acquires PC Pioneer's Company

The New York Times > Technology > Microsoft Acquires PC Pioneer's Company: "While other Lotus executives, like Mitchell D. Kapor and Jim Manzi, had sometimes bitter and confrontational relationships with Mr. Gates, Mr. Ozzie had a more collegial relationship with Microsoft, the software company that came to dominate the PC industry in the 1980's.
'We all had mixed feelings,' said Bob Frankston, who founded Software Arts with Dan Bricklin in 1979, and who later worked at Lotus and Microsoft. 'Mitch took it more personally, but Ray was immersed in making things work on Windows.'
Mr. Frankston said that early on, Mr. Ozzie won the respect of Microsoft executives with his technical achievements.
'He impressed Microsoft by pushing the technology farther than what any other mortal could do,' Mr. Frankston said."
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