Novell Vs. Microsoft: What's Behind The Hate

Of the many rivalries in the personal-computer industry, for sheer nastiness it's hard to beat the one between Microsoft Corp. and Novell Inc. Microsoft Chairman William H. Gates III now blames Novell Chief Executive Raymond J. Noorda for keeping alive a three-year-old Federal Trade Commission antitrust investigation of Microsoft that has recently been transferred to the Justice Dept. He has publicly accused the 69-year-old Noorda of "increasingly paranoid political attacks" against Microsoft. Says Gates: "Ray has a tremendous vendetta against us."

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