Newton engineers quit Apple for Microsoft Internet unit

Two engineers who worked on Apple's Newton personal digital assistant have been recruited by Microsoft to do Internet work.

Two engineers who worked on Apple's Newton personal digital assistant have been recruited by Microsoft to do Internet work, Microsoft has announced.

Steven Capps, most recently chief developer for the Newton development team, is now a software architect for Microsoft's Internet division. Capps was also one of the original members of the software design team that worked on Apple's Lisa, the first version of the Macintosh.

Walter Smith, who designed the NewtonScript language and Newton's object-based data storage system in addition to working on the operating- system kernel, user-interface toolbox and development tools, is now a senior software design engineer for the Internet division at Microsoft.

"We consider the addition of Steve and Walter to the team to be a huge win for us in our efforts to broaden the impact of the Internet for customers and developers," says Brad Silverberg, senior vice-president of the Internet platform and tools division at Microsoft.

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