|> /* Written 9:03 AM May 7, 1998 by firstname.lastname@example.org in igc:bitl.pen */
> /* ---------- "Gates Leads Rally Against Governmen" ---------- */
> forwarded by Michael Hoover
> > Subject: Gates Leads Rally Against Government
> > By John Borland, Net Insider (05/05/98; 4:47 p.m. ET)
> > Microsoft executives led a rally of business leaders in Manhattan
> > Tuesday, warning an economic disaster would strike if government
> > officials postpone the Windows 98 release date.
> > Surrounded by dozens of sympathetic computer executives, Microsoft CEO
> > Bill Gates warned of broad negative economic effects if the latest
> > version of the operating system is blocked as a result of the
> > government's antitrust investigation of the company. "Any government
> > actions that would delay or derail Windows 98 would hurt the American
> > economy and cost American jobs," Gates said. "It would also create an
> > opening for foreign companies to move into a position of leadership in
> > an industry that has been a strong exporter for America."
> > Microsoft has been fighting a rear-guard public relations battle in
> > recent weeks as both federal and state law enforcement officials have
> > appeared to be readying antitrust suits against the company. Some
> > comments by state regulators have indicated they may try to block the
> > scheduled mid-May release date of Windows 98. "This is a very serious
> > situation," Gates said.
> > Tuesday's rally, along with the flurry of supportive third-party letters
> > and Microsoft-funded media advertisements, has been a late effort to
> > counter competitors' lobbying campaigns, Gates said Compaq CEO Eckhard
> > Pfeiffer and Microsoft CEO Bill Gates stand firm at a Microsoft
> > supporters rally in New York City. Using the patriotic rhetoric of a
> > close-fought political campaign, Microsoft allies said a delay in the
> > release of Windows 98 would badly hurt their own businesses and
> > undermine the country's economic health.
> > --