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MICROSOFT ENGINEERS in 1991 discussed the possibility of introducing a bug into the Windows operating system. An e-mail from David Cole, head of Windows development, to another executive described "some pretty wild ideas" to "put competitors on a treadmill".

The e-mail was prompted by what Microsoft saw as a clone of its DOS operating system by Caldera, which two years ago brought an anti-trust action against Microsoft saying that the company intended "to destroy competition in the software industry". Caldera is claiming that Microsoft has yet to provide all the DOS and Windows source code it was ordered to hand over.