The View From Microsoft

Bill Gates sees the world very differently from his antitrust pursuers. Could it be that he is right?

When Bill Gates appeared on Martha Stewart Living last week, he seemed as wholesome as a tin of her homemade gingerbread cookies. He encouraged America's children to "dive in and use the computer, even if they feel like maybe the other kids are better." He talked about his two-year-old daughter who "gets a kick" out of the software she's using to learn the alphabet. And he was warmly supportive when Stewart confided that her 84-year-old mother is getting started on e-mail. "That's fantastic," Gates told Stewart, with genuine interest. "With a few hours you can get very comfortable."

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