Oh, Microsoft. Poor Microsoft

It has been a tough 1995 for Bill Gates.

On June 8, news broke that the Justice Dept.'s antitrust czar, Anne K. Bingaman, is looking hard at Microsoft Corp.--again. Just days earlier, IBM CEO Louis V. Gerstner Jr. went on the offensive against the software developer by masterminding a merger with Lotus Development Corp. Heck, even radio host Howard Stern got into the act. "I think this is a good move for IBM," the irreverent shock jock sniped on his June 12 show. "I don't want that guy Bill Gates to rule the world."

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