Microsoft: The Battle For The Cyber Future

As Bill Gates and Justice spar, the industry foresees sweeping change

On May 18, while Bill Gates was briefing the world's news media in an auditorium on the company's Redmond (Wash.) campus about the historic antitrust suits that had just been launched against Microsoft Corp., engineers in another building were celebrating. They had just completed three years of work on Windows 98. And, despite the antitrust suits, they were determined to keep up tradition. They marked the occasion by tossing their boss, Bill Veghte, into a pond and running a Windows 98 banner up the corporate flagpole.

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