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Gates Denies Accusations

Microsoft chair Bill Gates attended a luncheon yesterday to plug his new book, but he didn't get far. Instead, Gates was hounded with questions concerning the Department of Justice investigation on Windows 95. Gates denied that Microsoft deliberately set up the operating system with obstacles that would damage its competitors' Net-access programs. Gates said the problems with Windows 95 were due to faulty engineering decisions, but they have since been corrected.

Some analysts support the notion that the glitches were unintentional. "Windows is clumsy enough that I can easily see how it would accidentally damage other programs," said Jerry Michalski, analyst with EDventure Holdings.