Re: Fw: Microsoft caught using a Mac? Say it isn't true.

Rik van Riel (
Wed, 6 Oct 1999 10:46:09 +0200 (CEST)

On Tue, 5 Oct 1999, Gina Miller wrote:

> >> >From: Peter Langston <>
> >>Date: Tue, 5 Oct 99 11:19:34 -0700
> >>
> >>
> >>As most already know, MS Office files contain headers that convey a
> >>reasonable amount of information about the producer of the document. This
> >>can have ironic side effects, as witnessed in an analysis of Microsoft's
> >>annual report at
> >>
> >>"The file headers indicate that [Microsoft's] annual report was created
> >> on a Macintosh
> >> and not Windows"
> >>
> >>The headers also contain the name of the author of the report, who is,
> >>I'm sure, having a bad day today.

Why would he? AFAIK it's quite normal for people inside MS to use something else than Windows, it's common knowledge that at least Linux and BSD are extensively used within Microsoft, so we shouldn't be surprised that they're using Mac too.

Just a few months ago we 'caught' Microsoft running Linux on, which was ironically the machine to run as a news server for W2K, their new "internet OS" :)

After it became public knowledge, of course, they switched it to NT4 and started firewalling it -- wonder why that would be needed if the Linux box survived without firewalling and with their OS being far superior and all...


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