August 13, 1998 |
Microsoft Corp. asked an appeals court Wednesday to prevent members of the public from attending the government's pretrial questioning of the company's chairman, Bill Gates, and its other executives. Microsoft hurriedly made the request less than 15 minutes after a federal judge refused to change a ruling he issued Tuesday permitting open interviews. The legal skirmish will probably postpone the interviews, or depositions, for at least several days in the antitrust case.
August 12, 1998 |
Pretrial interviews in government antitrust lawsuits against Microsoft Corp. should be open to the public, including the questioning of its billionaire chairman and chief executive, Bill Gates, a federal judge ruled. The decision by U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson could postpone the trial, now scheduled to begin Sept. 8, because Microsoft, government lawyers and media organizations must work out the logistics of the 25 interviews. Microsoft also can appeal the ruling.
August 20, 1998 |
An appeals court Wednesday barred the public from attending pretrial testimony by Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates and other executives of the software giant in preparation for a landmark antitrust trial. "We're gratified by today's decision and will continue to move ahead with preparations for trial, including depositions of Microsoft executives and third parties," Microsoft spokesman Greg Shaw said.
November 11, 1998 |
One year after Microsoft Corp. agreed with the U.S. government to end specific anti-competitive practices, Chairman Bill Gates said his company had not needed to make any changes, an Intel executive testified at the software giant's antitrust trial in Washington. The testimony, by Intel Vice President Steven McGeady, matched statements from Gates and other Microsoft executives shortly after the agreement was approved in 1995 that the imposed changes would have little impact.
October 19, 1998 |
After months of publicity, legal maneuvering and angry denunciations from Capitol Hill to Silicon Valley, the government's antitrust case against Microsoft Corp. opens today in federal court. Toiling for nearly a decade, federal antitrust authorities have spent millions of dollars to bring the case against Microsoft Corp., whose chairman, Bill Gates, is America's richest man.
May 5, 1998 |
Microsoft Corp. isn't trying to control the pipeline for delivering data, video and other services to consumers' homes, Chairman Bill Gates told cable television industry representatives. "There's no need for paranoia," Gates said to a packed audience at the opening of the National Cable Television Assn.'s annual convention. Gates gave a ringing endorsement to cable as the best way to deliver Internet, video and other new technologies into the home.
October 5, 2006 |
Microsoft Corp. said Wednesday that it cut bonuses paid to Chairman Bill Gates and Chief Executive Steve Ballmer as profit growth slowed in three of the last four quarters. Gates and Ballmer each earned $616,667 in salary in the fiscal year ended in June, up 2.8% from a year earlier. Both had their bonuses cut 13% to $350,000, Microsoft said in a regulatory filing. It was the first cut in total salary and bonus for Gates since 1998 and the first for Ballmer since 2000.
June 9, 2000 |
A day after a federal judge ordered the breakup of Bill Gates' software empire, it was a college student who moved the Microsoft Corp. chairman to tears. Specifically, it was Filipina American Charlene Russell, whose voice failed her upon being named one of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's first minority scholarship recipients. "The friends and the family and the teachers who pushed me . . . they believed that something was great inside me.
April 7, 2000 |
Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, said it will start running TV ads in which Chairman Bill Gates speaks to consumers in the wake of a federal judge's ruling that it violated antitrust laws. The 30-second spots will air on a variety of prime-time and daytime TV shows for about a week and will "reinforce for PC users that Microsoft is going to continue building great software and innovating," said Microsoft spokesman Greg Shaw. On Thursday, shares of Redmond, Wash.
March 8, 2000 |
Determined to head off Sony Corp. in the battle to control digital entertainment, Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates is expected to unveil details Friday about his company's secret video game machine, dubbed the X-Box. The new machine, likely to be released in the United States next year, would rival Sony's much-heralded PlayStation2 and would be a stripped-down computer that connects the television to the Internet.