"We're willing to go a long way to address the government's concerns," said Gates, characterizing himself as "somebody who is quite pragmatic." "Throughout the case," he insisted, "we've welcomed any opportunity to resolve the case."
So much for the preliminaries. But in fact, much of Gates's speech was a reiteration of the kind of unhelpful rhetoric that has served as Microsoft's public face throughout the trial. Gates stayed 100% on message, insisting that through its anti-trust action the Department of Justice is simply restricting Microsoft's right to innovate. "At the heart of this lawsuit is really one question," Gates said. "Can a successful American company continue to innovate and improve its products for the benefits of consumers?" This from the company that threatened to cancel Macintosh Office 97 if Apple didn't make Microsoft's Internet Explorer its standard browser. MORE >>