By Jay Greene and Mike France
UPPING THE ANTE. The CEO dove into his e-mail box and spoke to several employees. "The amount of response to his first e-mail caused him to give it personal attention," says Greg Hullender, an engineer in the company's MSN Search group who has worked at Microsoft for 12 years and represented gay employees on Microsoft's Diversity Advisory Council.
The company's ultimate support for the anti-discrimination legislation won widespread praise from employees and gay rights groups. But it could come at a cost. Conservatives inside and outside of Microsoft have not given up the fight. Eric Boyd, a 28-year-old software tester a