Considering Microsoft built DOS and the first Windows off stolen code, it's no wonder they would not release anything.
Sorry to be blunt, but this is utter hogwash.
MS-DOS/PC-DOS was based on QDOS which was written by Seattle Computer Products (link
). Microsoft bought the full rights to QDOS legally (though before telling Tim Paterson that their end customer was IBM) and made major enhancements to it in succeeding versions of MS-DOS.
Windows was written from scratch by Microsoft, and the initial release certainly shows it
. Since it used x86 assembler and Mac's Finder used 68000 assembler, stealing code wouldn't have worked too well. There was however a major legal battle between MS and Apple over "look and feel" which Apple ultimately lost
(anyone feeling sympathy for Apple here should consider that Apple sued other companies also on GUI look-and-feel and would have left PC users stuck with command line interfaces if they had their way).
...Windows actually came about from a contract they had with apple to help develop a GUI for the APPLE ][...
The only company that developed a GUI for the Apple ][ was Berkeley Softworks with GEOS
(don't be misled by the "Apple II Desktop" section - that's for the Apple IIGS).
There are plenty of examples of "sharp practice" by MS, some of which they have lost court cases over including:
* patent infringement involving disk compression
where MS included technology from Stac Electronics in MS-DOS 6.0's DoubleSpace;
* an anti-trust investigation over MS's role in the browser wars
* using the Applesoft license to kill off MacBasic
so there should really be no need to invent further examples of wrongdoing here.
I didnt invent anythimg. At worst, I was misinformed. But I dont buy that. The stories have gone around too much and Kikdall had the proof before he died. You don't have that much smoke with no fire.