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Seattle Times: Has Gates' combativeness hurt Microsoft in court case?

May 10, 2000, 01:35 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Andrews)

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"After a brief retreat to the antitrust sidelines, Bill Gates is back - the combative, hard-line, pull-no-punches Gates. And that's not necessarily a good thing for the world's largest software company."

"With Gates now back on the warpath, Microsoft-watchers are asking why. Why not keep a lid on the hot talk while the ball is in the government's court? As the case heads to hearings on remedies scheduled to begin May 24, why not go silently into the night and let the legal process speak for itself?"

"The answer, say those close to the 44-year-old Gates, lies in the competitive, win-at-all-costs drive that has marked his behavior since childhood. Gates' obsession with besting any foe served him well in building a $400 billion software empire. But his refusal to stop short of total victory may turn out also to be a tragic flaw in his battle to preserve his carefully constructed legacy."

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