Gates says he will testify at Senate hearing

Microsoft CEO Bill Gates has rearranged his schedule so he can testify at a US Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on March 3, a Microsoft spokesman says. Gates is 'eager to share his perspectives' with the committee, so he rescheduled a prior commitment that conflicted, says Adam Sohn. Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican, extended the invitation to Gates, as well as Scott McNealy, CEO of Sun Microsystems, and Jim Barksdale, CEO of Netscape. A Netscape spokeswoman says Barksdale is guaranteed to attend if Gates does, but it's not yet clear whether McNealy will show.

Microsoft CEO Bill Gates has rearranged his schedule so he can testify at a US Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on March 3, a Microsoft spokesman says.

Gates is "eager to share his perspectives" with the committee, so he rescheduled a prior commitment that conflicted, says Adam Sohn.

Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican, extended the invitation to Gates, as well as Scott McNealy, CEO of Sun Microsystems, and Jim Barksdale, CEO of Netscape.

A Netscape spokeswoman says Barksdale is guaranteed to attend if Gates does, but it's not yet clear whether McNealy will show.

Hatch is holding the hearing to examine how public policy, such as antitrust regulations, should evolve to ensure competition and innovation in the computer industry. He has publicly expressed concerns about Microsoft's dominance in the software market.

Also scrutinising Microsoft's practices is the US Department of Justice, which has filed a lawsuit against the software maker; the European Commission; and a group of state attorneys general.

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