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.
December 2, 1999 |
Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates disclosed that he is in a venture partnership run by his friend Ann Winblad, giving the founder of the world's biggest maker of software an indirect interest in newer companies that someday could become competitors of Microsoft. Gates disclosed in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission that he is a limited partner at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. The filing gave no details about the size or nature of Gates' investment.
April 20, 2002 |
Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates will testify against the antitrust sanctions sought by nine states still pursuing the landmark case against the software giant. It will be the first time Gates testifies in the historic four-year case. Gates gave a sworn deposition before the original trial, and videotaped portions of it were played in the courtroom in 1998 and 1999, prompting U.S. Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson to describe him as evasive and forgetful.
September 9, 2002 |
Bill Gates swept into Hollywood last week to trumpet his latest technology--Windows Media 9--as the answer to movie studios' prayers. Studios have held off putting the bulk of their movies on the Internet until they can be convinced that doing so won't result in the kind of massive piracy that has plagued the music industry. Studios also have been skeptical of the quality of experience that can be delivered over the Internet.