pulls out the stops
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.
. . .
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.
ONE LAST MEETING
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.
. . .
JIM RICHARDSON, SPEECH COACH AND POLITICAL ANALYST, SAYS HIS PIECE
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,"
. . .
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.
To read Kim Nash's complete article as it now appears online at Computerworld,
, without Jim's self-serving edits: