WINNER TAKE ALL: MICROSOFT V. NETSCAPE

AN EPIC BATTLE IS TAKING PLACE BETWEEN MICROSOFT AND NETSCAPE. EACH COMPANY WANTS TO BE YOUR GUIDE TO THE INTERNET, THE KEY TO PERSONAL COMPUTING IN THE FUTURE. THE VICTOR COULD EARN UNTOLD BILLIONS;

War belongs to the province of business competition, which is also the conflict of human interests. --Karl Von Clausewitz

On a cloudy morning last December, as the white light of winter picked its way across the face of Mount Rainier, William H. Gates III, chairman and chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp., rolled out of bed after a brief night's sleep. There was no time for breakfast. He showered, pulled on his customary slacks, open-necked shirt and sweater, and climbed into his Lexus for the 20-minute drive from his suburban Bellevue, Washington, home to the Seattle convention center.

Gates had been...

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