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February 4, 1999

BE CEO TAKES EXCEPTION TO MICROSOFT’S COMPARISON

By CBR Staff Writer

Jean-Louis Gassee, the outspoken chief executive of media operating system company Be Inc, has taken Microsoft executive Paul Maritz to task for comments he made while testifying in the antitrust trial last week (CI No 3585). Maritz said that BeOS, like Windows 98, shipped with an integrated web browser. We would feel validated, as we say in California, if we didn’t have to wonder why a minuscule company like ours is held in such high regard by the giant, Gassee writes. Our thanks for the plug, but alas, our NetPositive brassware isn’t integrated. In fact, we’re doing our best to let other browsers – BeOS versions of Opera and Mozilla, to name two – flourish on the BeOS platform without playing games with OS features, or with commercial relationships.

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