Cutler, Perazzoli and Rob Short huddled together in one of their periodic “staff” meetings. The brain trust of the project, they often met informally to ponder the future. Cutler liked these small meetings because he could speak his mind without fear of being misunderstood. It was June 8, 1990, and the meeting was prompted by a distant thunder that once seemed unimportant but now upset everything.
The rumbling had begun sixteen days earlier. Before an adoring crowd in Manhattan that included his mother, Bill Gates introduced a new version of Windows. No program had ever so excited PC owners. Throughout the world, millions of people eagerly awaited the arrival of Windows 3.0, the best version yet of a program that for the ...