The question is: Just how persuasive was Gates? To hear the Microsoft boss tell it, he was doing his old pal Andy a favor: "Intel was wasting its money by writing low-quality software that created incompatibilities," Gates says with a shrug on the video. Groveís account sounds a little more ominous: "We basically caved," he told Fortune magazine later that year. "Lifeís too short" to introduce software that Microsoft doesnít support, he added. Throw in a 1995 memo written by Intel VP Steven McGeady, the governmentís latest witness, in which "Gates made vague threats of support for other platforms," and you have allegations strikingly similar to those leveled by Apple and Netscape. Whatever the final outcome, Redmond will find it hard to shake the mafiosi image.