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DowJones.com: Microsoft Denies Report That Gates Offered To Release Source Code

Feb 18, 2000, 03:26 (6 Talkback[s])

"Microsoft forcefully denied a published report late Thursday that billionaire chairman Bill Gates offered a key concession to settle his company's historic antitrust trial, the Associated Press reported."

"A Microsoft (MSFT) spokesman, Jim Cullinan, vigorously denied the report [that Gates said Microsoft would consider open sourcing Windows code as part of an antitrust settlement]. Gates has previously rejected any suggestion that Microsoft share the so-called source code to its flagship product, which has earned the company billions of dollars."

'We've talked to Bill, and Bill said he never said that,' Cullinan said. 'That issue is not even related to this case. All he said was, we would try to do our best to settle this case.' "

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