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Gates and Klein Meet Face to Face

Time was running out. Microsoft had announced plans to release Windows 98 to manufacturers this week. The Department of Justice wanted to file an antitrust suit before that happened. As the hours evaporated, Microsoft chairman BILL GATES asked for a final session in which to plead his case for allowing Windows 98 to be marketed without any Federal Government objections. And so on Tuesday evening, at the headquarters of Microsoft's Washington lobbyists, Gates met JOEL KLEIN, the department's top antitrust enforcer. Gates did most of the talking; Klein had instructed his aides to "let him have his say." Gates argued that...

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