Exclusive Interview With Bill Gates

THE GOVERNMENT WAS TRYING TO ADVANTAGE A COMPETITOR OF OURS. THAT'S REALLY UNPRECEDENTED.

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...

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