(Print, 05/11/98)
Gates pulls out the stops
Kim S. Nash
In a last-ditch effort to derail antitrust lawsuits by state and federal lawyers, Microsoft Corp. last week went on the offensive with a string of political maneuvers. They included personal pleas to the government to leave the company alone and warnings of an economic downturn if it doesn't.
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Microsoft last week asked a federal appeals court to exempt Windows 98 from an order issued in December that required the company to stop shipping Windows 95 integrated with the Internet Explorer browser. The Justice Department opposed the motion.
Microsoft CEO Bill Gates also flew to Washington last week for the company's second audience in a month with Joel Klein, the government's lead antitrust lawyer, to press his case. Yet published reports late last week said Klein will proceed with a formal suit.
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But some strategies - including drafting a letter to Klein for other vendors to sign - might have set Microsoft two steps back, said Jim Richardson, president of Organized Comedy in Sebastopol, Calif. Richardson coaches executives and politicians, among others. "It just reinforces the fact that Microsoft is a monopoly. These companies are writing the letter based on their own self-interest," he said.

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Senior editor Barb Cole-Gomolski contributed to this report.

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Below is the cover story, 5/11/98 issue of Computerworld magazine:

Once "on stage," Jim continues . . .
Interesting rumor: there might be a problem with Internet Explorer and Windows 98 realizing Microsoft's dream of making everyone's PC
their very own Internet Service Provider--like security!
Bill Gates may be the latest disguise of
Mad Magazine's infamous Alfred E. Neuman.
As a public service, Jim brings you the part left out of the Computerworld article.

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