No one likes their conversation taken out of context especially in court, so it has to be a little embarrassing for Windows Development Chief James Allchin to have been quoted from his email to Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer as saying that he’d rather buy an Apple Mac if he didn’t work for Microsoft.
He states today that he sent the email in 2003 to make a point and push Microsoft to make dramatic changes in their development of their operating system that today is known as Vista. He also says that those changes were made and the OS is better than it would have been. His comments and others stating that Microsoft had “lost sight” of customers needs were revealed in some of the remaining anti-trust cases looming in state courts against Microsoft. These statements may have been dramatic at the time and are probably no less dramatic now.