A Meaningful Partnership With Microsoft [History]

If we want to move forward and see Apple healthy and prospering again, we have to let go of a few things here. We have to let go of this notion that for Apple to win, Microsoft has to lose. Kay? We have to embrace a notion that for Apple to win, Apple has to do a really good job, and if others are going to help us, that’s great ‘cuz we need all the help we can get.

Steve Jobs, MacWorld Expo Keynote 1997 after announcing:

Meaningful Partnership with Microsoft

  1. Perpetual patent cross license for all past patents and all patents in the next 5 years
  2. Microsoft Office same number of major releases as Windows for the next 5 years
  3. Internet Explorer as Mac default browser, but will ship with other browsers
  4. Java collaboration on virtual machine compatibility
  5. Microsoft will purchase $150 worth of non-controlling stock at market value