"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
"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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