Ibm Rides Into Microsoft Country

Bill Gates thought he had a golden opportunity. Seeing IBM's software strategy in apparent disarray, Microsoft Corp.'s chairman set up a May 26 meeting with James A Cannavino, now a key technical adviser to IBM Chairman Louis V. Gerstner Jr. The Microsoft chairman was hoping that Cannavino, who as head of IBM'S personal-computer division terminated IBM's rocky 10-year relationship with Microsoft in 1990, would be ready to forget the bad blood. IBM's internal software efforts were so disorganized and ineffective, Gates surmised, that he might just persuade Cannavino to once again embrace key Microsoft products, including Windows.

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