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Un-happened

Charles Miller, in Google, Microsoft and Tall Poppies.:

Bill Gates’ original goal in forming Microsoft was famously to have (emphasis mine) "A computer on every desk and in every home, running Microsoft software". You’ll not find the last three words of that sentence in any official Microsoft history (or at least I couldn’t, and I searched hard). They’ve been carefully un-happened: the dream of a nascent monopolist truncated into a facade of altruism.

Google:

Fascinating.

This is Un-happened by Simon Willison, posted on 27th November 2003.

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