Cyberspace Showdown

It's Netscape vs. Microsoft-with the Net's future at stake

Aside from getting a reading on technology issues, Bill Clinton didn't have a formal agenda when he flew into Silicon Valley on Sept. 11 to dine with eight technology-business leaders. But even before he got to the entree--aged beef tenderloin with chanterelle mushrooms--the President had zeroed in on the biggest battle in cyberspace: Internet upstart Netscape Communications Corp. vs. software giant Microsoft Corp. "He wanted to know what our strategy was," recalls Netscape Chief Executive James L. Barksdale, one of the guests.

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