BILL GATES' GAMBIT

HE OFFERS A VERSION OF WINDOWS THAT WON'T WORK

Both sides tipped their hand in the ongoing battle between the unstoppable force that is Microsoft and the immovable object that is the Justice Department's antitrust division. As expected, Microsoft is appealing Judge Thomas Jackson's temporary order to stop using its Windows 95 monopoly as a stick to force computer makers to adopt its Internet Explorer Web browser. Microsoft claims the two products are inseparable. If the judge insists, however, it is willing to offer computer makers a choice between Windows 95 with Explorer built in and a two-year-old, "dumbed down" version so obsolete that it doesn't work with the newest...

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