Magazine article Newsweek

'We'll Move Forward': On the Day He Ended His Four-Year Battle with the Federal Government, Bill Gates Shared His Thoughts with NEWSWEEK

Magazine article Newsweek

'We'll Move Forward': On the Day He Ended His Four-Year Battle with the Federal Government, Bill Gates Shared His Thoughts with NEWSWEEK

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NEWSWEEK: What was the turning point in winning a settlement?

GATES: The broad set of issues that [the DOJ] felt needed to be addressed had been the same throughout the discussion. The key was getting the language in place. That's when the process got concrete and came to a conclusion.

Will it be difficult to meet the restrictions?

I'm very confident we'll be able to comply with every aspect of the thing. There will be some overhead in doing it, but we'll be able to continue on.

So you don't see the settlement hampering your ability to pursue your future plans.

I don't see it as significantly slowing our ability to improve Windows and work with the industry. [It] won't fundamentally reduce the speed at which we can improve the products.

In your heart of hearts do you accept that you broke the law?

I accept that there have been legitimate concerns in reaching this agreement. …

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