Yesterday, Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates said he was "optimistic" that his company will prevail in its case against the federal government. Microsoft, of course, is in the appeals phase of its historic antitrust trial, in which a federal judge found the company guilty of sweeping antitrust violations and ordered it broken into two entities. Gates, who is in Europe this week, said that he expected newly elected president George W. Bush to keep his distance from the case.
"We are very optimistic this controversy will be resolved by a ruling of this appeals court," Gates told reporters in Rome. "We expect a reasonable outcome in the next 3 to 4 months. It won't involve a political or government level at all." Gates threw a jab at Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson, who ruled against the company. "I have to say that the US court system has many different levels," he said. "It's possible to have at the lowest level an unexpected result that is not very well thought through."
Gates attended the World Economic Forum in Switzerland and traveled to Rome, Italy, for a conference. In addition to speaking about the trial, Gates touched on the possibility of an economic recession and his recent gift of $100 million, which will be used to help find an AIDS vaccine