"To understand the proposed breakup of Microsoft, you have
to go back in time about five years to an office park in Mountain
View. It was there that the "two Jims" of Netscape Communications
Corp., James Clark and James Barksdale, along with company
co-founder Marc Andreessen, decided to take on Bill Gates and his
"Looking back on those days Wednesday, shortly after U.S.
District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ordered Microsoft to split
itself in two, both Clark and Barksdale were adamant that they did
the right thing. "Microsoft wouldn't give us the Windows 95
(building blocks) unless we gave them board seats," said Clark,
Netscape's co-founder and former chairman, recalling the tactics
Gates allegedly used on his company."
"We feel vindicated," said Barksdale, who is also a venture
capitalist now, running The Barksdale Group in Menlo Park. "I think
the judge figured Microsoft out. I mean, 10 months ago, Gates was
sending e-mail out saying they'd do to Palm what they did to us.
This kind of hard remedy is the only solution."