Late Saturday evening, after talks with the Justice Department had broken down, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates spoke by phone from Redmond, Wash., with managing editor Walter Isaacson.
Q: This suit is going to be messy. Are you upset?
A: It's amazing it got to this point. It's very disappointing the government would do this.
Q: The government wants you to include Netscape's browser as well as Microsoft's with Windows. What's wrong with that?
A: When they demanded that, we asked them to repeat it out loud. The government was trying to advantage a competitor of ours. That's really unprecedented. Netscape was...