Bill Gates would have preferred to address the American Association of School Administrators convention, but the most powerful man in the computing world instead found himself defending his business practices before the Senate Judiciary Committee in a battle of rhetoric that could have lasting implications for your schools.

Gates, CEO of Microsoft Corp., appeared before the committee on March 3 along with two of his fiercest rivalsÐJim Barksdale of Netscape and Scott McNealy of Sun Microsystems. The industry leaders were invited to Washington by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, chairman of the Judiciary Committee and...

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