Microsoft Denies QuickTime Deal with Apple

Microsoft denies that it is about to license QuickTime for Windows 95 and Windows NT. Microsoft says in a letter to ActiveMovie developers that: 'This is absolutely false. Microsoft hasn't and isn't negotiating the licensing of QuickTime.'

Microsoft has emphatically denied that it is about to license QuickTime for Windows 95 and Windows NT. Responding to a June 24 Infoworld article which claimed the company was holding talks with Apple that could result in the integration of Apple's QuickTime development environment into the Windows 95 and Windows NT environments, Microsoft says in a letter to ActiveMovie developers that: "This is absolutely false. Microsoft hasn't and isn't negotiating the licensing of QuickTime."

Microsoft reaffirms its commitment to ActiveMovie in the letter, and refutes claims in the article that it has yet to release an ActiveMovie SDK (software developers kit), saying "we have shipped three solids betas of ActiveMovie and are currently planning for a fourth beta release soon, and a final product release target at the end of July".

And contrary to claims in the article that Microsoft and Apple "are ready to bury the hatchet", Microsoft takes a swipe at Apple in a press release, saying "the Apple spokesperson quoted in the story does seem to imply that their solution for high performance multimedia may not be meeting their expectations, and thus, Apple is looking toward DirectX to fill this void."

The hatchet, it seems, is far from buried.

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