Monday 10 August 1998
BILL GATES, Microsoft's CEO, has replied to the consumer activist Ralph Nader (right), who challenged him last month to join financier Warren Buffett in leading a "conference of billionaires", on wealth disparities and how to resolve them. Gates, the world's richest man with an estimated worth of $52bn, said in a letter to Nader: "I think people should give because they want to give, and not because of pressure from a conference."
IN THE reply to the US government's anti-trust case, due to be filed in court today, Microsoft will argue that the case should be dismissed because it is groundless. The US Department of Justice is accusing Microsoft of, among other things, illegal business practices intended to block competition from Netscape. Microsoft will argue that its Internet plans were already under way before Netscape was founded in April 1994 and that Netscape suffered only as a side-effect of Microsoft's intention to improve its products. A senior Justice Department official told the New York Times that Microsoft's defence is a "grand exercise in revisionist history".
SUN MICROSYSTEMS and IBM last week announced the availability of their jointly- developed JavaOS for business, a Java-based operating system aimed at network computers and kiosks. Data and applications are stored on central servers and delivered to networked computers as and when needed. The companies said JavaOS can be used by businesses that need to access data on mainframes but also want to use desktop applications.
THE FIRST update for Windows 98 will be posted on the Microsoft website a week tomorrow. Microsoft say the update is a "multimedia enhancement" rather than a service pack to fix bugs in a product that was marketed before it was ready for final release. Craig Bielenson, product manager for Windows, conceded that some of the newer versions of multimedia applications included in the update may have been upgraded not only to add functionality but also to fix reported problems.
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Amy Winehouse statue unveiled in Camden
- 2 Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
- 3 George Galloway on Scottish independence: The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
- 4 Headaches, fry ups, and hair of the dog - why do we get hangovers, and is there such thing as a 'cure'?
- 5 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
George Galloway on Scottish independence: The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained in Los Angeles after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
Scottish independence: Britain faces 'constitutional crisis' at next election
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly