With the prospect of cashing an Apple takeover cheque now finally gone, executives at Be Software sent its partners and developers an open letter wishing its former suitor well, although a hint of bitterness could be seen between the lines.
The acquisition of Next "probably" makes sense, the letter notes, if Apple is to concentrate on the enterprise MIS market. This market, it helpfully reminds readers, already has Microsoft and Netscape as "the recognised leaders".
But congratulations are due to Apple for pulling off the return of Steve Jobs, "even if in a limited capacity".
A Be/Apple merger wasn't really on the cards because "Apple's goals and market focus going forward differ from ours", the letter claimed. It goes on to explain that for Be executives "what gets us up in the morning has more to do with performance, digital media and interactive design - the 'bit-flingers' - than with the traditional office automation market."
And perhaps with an eye to the likely year-away delivery schedule for any joint Apple/Next operating system, the letter concludes: "As a smaller company, more akin to the majority of software developers than to the titan firms of the enterprise markets, we understand that focus is the key to delivery of the goods in developers and customers hands. Today."
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