July 29, 1985
Mr. John Sculley
20525 Mariani Ave.
Mail Stop 231
Cupertino, CA 95014
I remain enthusiastic about the benefits of licensing Mac technology.
Currently I think the following companies are the best choices:
Northern Telecom -- a separate letter copied to NT describes my
thinking here. This is a first class company.
Motorola -- their Four-Phase subsidiary is committed to the 68000.
They aren't doing well. Their direct sales force is good but not so
large that it will threaten the retail channel. Motorola loves the
Macintosh and being in partnership with your chip designer is a
AT&T -- I know you are working on this. The key is that their 68000
UNIX PC is not selling. They need a way to make Mac software run on
their box. They will confuse things by trying to involve UNIX in the
discussion. The mac interface should be viewed as a separate
application interface that they can put on top of UNIX if they want.
They will have to change the disk drive in the current UNIX PC. I
believe that will be the only hardware change required.
We recently sent Chris Larson down to discuss making your 3.5" disk
compatible with MS-DOS. Unfortunatley the people he talked to didn't
agree with us on the importance.
I want to help in any way I can with the licensing. Please give me a
William H. Gates
Better a visionary (Jobs) than a self-interested criminal (Gates).
Apple owns all their technology (Lisa, Mac, NeXT). Re-read your
I bet Zerox would love to read your post.
An old troll, misspelled.