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LA Times: Gates Gets With a New Program for Microsoft [NGWS]

May 23, 2000, 13:16 (17 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Paul Eggert for this link. ]

"For the first time in 20 years, Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates has gone back to designing software. His vision, being carried out with the help of a secretive eight-member team, is to merge the company's Windows operating system with the Internet to create a new generation of online services."

"There's only one problem. If the U.S. Justice Department and 19 state attorneys general succeed in breaking apart the software giant, none of this can happen. Government attorneys vow to scrutinize every word uttered by Gates and other senior Microsoft leaders when they present the company's strategic Internet vision June 1."

"Microsoft's new initiative--called Next Generation Windows Services--aims to combine Windows products and the Internet in a way that could transform how information is communicated and how transactions are conducted. But in addition to the antitrust cloud hanging over Microsoft's head, several Microsoft rivals--Sun Microsystems, IBM, Oracle Corp. and Linux--are racing ahead with competing products and systems that could leave the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant in the dust."

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