Wired 11.01: The Outlook Killer?

by Volker Weber

Mitch Kapor isn't trying to take on Microsoft. His ambitions are bigger: He wants to spark a software revolution. Tired of sloppy code and clunky interfaces, the 52-year-old cocreator of Lotus 1-2-3, the original killer app, put $5 million of his own considerable fortune into an open source personal information manager codenamed Chandler. Along the way, he may end up putting the Redmond coders to shame. By enlisting pro-bono programming talent from around the world, Kapor is building an elegant, modular software core that gives users more options and fewer headaches. Chandler's promised auto-updating address books and peer-to-peer information sharing have earned it the nickname "Outlook killer."

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Mitch Kapor is very disappointed (shall I say pissed) with Wired:

Chris,

...I raised a concern of great importance to me and received reassurance that Wired's coverage of the Chandler project wouldn't take an explicit anti-Microsoft slant. Imagine my surprise to see a headline title like "10 Things I Hate about Outlook" in the current issue [The actual title is "10 Things That Bug Kapor About Outlook" -MK.

I responded in good faith to your inquiry and could not have been clearer about ground rules, which were treat with total disrespect. This completely wrecks your credibility in my eyes, something I will keep in mind with regard to future coverage.

Mitch

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