The way I see it is, if there's two sides striking a deal with the potential to make one side or the other billions of dollars, the one who walks away with the keys to the piggy bank is the winner. You're right. Some of the management didn't even think PC's would be a thing. That's how behind the ball they were. International Business Machines had absolutely no fucking idea what a business machine was at that point in their history. If they'd been anywhere near the business machine ballpark they would have secured exclusive rights to dos but, even then, I'm betting they wouldn't have had the sense to sell it to their "competition". In a sense, IBM gave away Microsoft.
Well, sure. They owned the rights to the kernel. Which they GAVE to Bill Gates. Free & clear. Not just the right to use it, the rights to it in total.
Which was kind of like the Russians selling Alaska to America for a few bucks, back in the day.
So my original comment was a kind of vague, comparison of the different levels of acumen that's about to go head to head. Only, this time, the leviathan aint up against some college kid that knows how to hack Basic