Microsoft Aims Its Arsenal At Networking

Last December, William H. Gates III was asked what he wished he had done differently in building his multibillion-dollar software empire. With only a moment's reflection, Gates snapped out a reply: He would have committed Microsoft Corp. much earlier to a broad vision for "work-group computing," a way of letting teams of co-workers use networks of personal computers to share information and cooperate on projects. "We should have invested in that much sooner," he said.

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