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3 March 1998

In a congressional hearing, Bill Gates said that Microsoft does not have monopoly power over operating systems, as is often claimed. According to Gates, unlike manufacturing industries, the barriers to entry for potential competition are not large, so the traditional definition of monopoly does not fit well when describing Microsoft's relationship with the computer industry. However, Gates' argument is sound only when you accept his definition of what a monopoly is.

Bill Gates also announced that Windows 98 will be released around the middle of this year.

ZDNet reports that 27 states are filing suit against Microsoft for anticompetitive practices. and, one-upping the Justice Department, several Attorneys General are scrutinizing these issues with regard to Windows98.

Though not directly relating to operating systems, a Salon Magazine article about Alta Vista's new translation technology is interesting and quite funny.

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