GATES FIGHTS BACK

MIGHTY MICROSOFT IS FINALLY TACKLING ITS BELTWAY IMAGE PROBLEM

When Microsoft potentate Bill Gates strolls his vast mansion in Washington (the state), the music changes to suit his taste, the art morphs into his favorite styles, and the entire environment--like the computer-software market--realigns itself to meet his needs.

Unfortunately, Washington (the snake pit) isn't following suit. Last week a phalanx of Microsoft executives flew into the nation's capital to face various strains of nasty music: delivering the company's response to the Justice Department's recent contempt action, withstanding two days of populist attack from Ralph Nader and girding for assaults by both the House and Senate judiciary committees. Where D.C. is...

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