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Microsoft Hosts CEO Meeting

May 29, 1998

SEATTLE (AP) _ Microsoft gathered 120 executives for a private meeting here Thursday to discusss the ins and outs of digital networks.

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said that the antitrust suit the government is mounting against the company did not come up. A similar suit is being waged against chipmaker Intel.

``We’re talking about the Internet, the use of the Internet, what kind of customer things are going on there, how quickly this is going to happen, some examples of companies who have done it very, very well,″ Gates said.

Together, Microsoft and Intel dominate the high-tech market, with their software and hardware used in roughly 90 percent of the world’s desktop computers.

Andy Grove, chairman of Intel, was among those invited to Microsoft’s second annual CEO summit, but he did not take part in a news conference with Gates, and the sessions themselves were closed to the public.

The conference, Gates said, focused on nuts-and-bolts examples of building data networks within companies, including selling over the World Wide Web, e-mail systems, sharing documents electronically, and allowing companies to reduce paperwork by ordering supplies and equipment over in-house webs.

Among those who spoke were Phil Condit, chairman of The Boeing Co., Eckhard Pfeiffer, president and CEO of Compaq Computer, and Nicholas Negroponte, founder and director of the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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