Microsoft plans Windows 98 offensive

Microsoft is planning a "Windows 98 Innovation Day" for Tuesday in which it and several of its biggest customers will rally around Windows 98 in the face of possible legal action from the U.S. and several state governments. The rally--essentially a press conference--is a pre-emptive strike against any attempt to block the sale of Windows 98, which Microsoft says would cause cataclysmic problems for the entire computer industry.

The attorneys generals of the states that may seek action against Microsoft aren't too impressed by Microsoft's tactics so far.

"The lobbying and PR effort seems to be pretty obvious and orchestrated, so I'm not sure how much impact it will have," said Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.

Microsoft's press conference follows a letter written last week by CFO Gregory B. Maffei, urging the U.S. Department of Justice to let Microsoft release Windows 98 as planned. The entire letter, which was signed by 26 high-tech executives, can be found on the Microsoft Web site

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