Under Amelio, the showdown had become explosive.
Microsoft refused to commit to developing Word and Excel for future Macintosh operating systems, which could have destroyed Apple.
In defense of Bill Gates, he was not simply being vindictive.
It was understandable that he was reluctant to commit to developing for a future Macintosh operating system when no one,
including the ever-changing leadership at Apple, seemed to know what that new operating system would be.
Right after Apple bought NeXT, Amelio and Jobs flew together to visit Microsoft,
but Gates had trouble figuring out which of them was in charge.
A few days later he called Jobs privately.
"Hey, what the fuck, am I supposed to put my applications on the NeXT OS?" Gates asked.
Jobs responded by "making smart-ass remarks about Gil," Gates recalled,
and suggesting that the situation would soon be clarified.