NETSCAPE MEETING
Government: Microsoft:
In an illegal attempt to divide the market, Microsoft offered Netscape a deal in 1995. Microsoft agreed not to develop a rival browser for operating systems aside from Windows if Netscape agreed to stay out of the Windows market. Netscape refused. Netscape cofounder Marc Andreessen compared the meeting to "a visit by Don Corleone; I expected to find a bloody computer monitor in my bed the next day." Chairman Bill Gates calls the charge "an outrageous lie." He said the meeting, a form of "co-opetition" by rivals, "was to discuss various technologies Microsoft proposed sharing with Netscape, so that Netscape's browser could take advantage of the cool new features we were developing for Windows 95." He also notes that Andreessen later wrote to a Microsoft employee: "Good to see you again today - we should talk more often."