IDG’s Network World Launches Another Fusion Face-Off

WHAT: In this Network World Fusion Face-off, industry experts will sound off regarding the Department of Justice vs. Microsoft issue, and post opinions about the bundling of Microsoft's browser with its operating system.

WHERE: Network World Fusion at

WHEN: Online discussion forum January 26-February 6, 1998

WHO: Going head-to-head in this Fusion Face-off will be: Mark Gibbs, Editorial Advisor for IntraNet Magazine and author of "Backspin," a weekly column in Network World; and Dave Kearns, who writes about Microsoft each week in his "Wired Windows" column in the LAN section of Network World. Mr. Kearns has also edited and contributed to a number of books on networking.


Network World, the leading newsweekly of enterprise network computing, today announced the dates and topic for its next online debate in the Network World Fusion Face-off Series. The conference begins January 26, 1998, and will be open to online reader participation for two weeks. The topic of discussion for this Face-off is "The Department of Justice vs. Microsoft."

Network World has invited industry luminaries Mark Gibbs and Dave Kearns to state their opinions online regarding the Department of Justice/Microsoft issue. While Mark Gibbs will be urging the government not to get involved, Dave Kearns will defend the need for watchdogs in the industry. The opinions will remain on Network World Fusion ( for the weeks of January 26 and February 2, during which readers may respond by asking questions and posting their own opinions, agreements and disagreements.

The Face-off is available to registered Fusion subscribers, and readers may post specific questions to either or both of the authors for two weeks from January 26. The authors will begin responding to reader feedback and questions on January 28.

Those Fusion subscribers interested in participating or reading the position opinions should go to Fusion at Online directions will help readers post questions. Those individuals without online access or browsing capabilities can send their questions to Sandra Gittlen at The e-mail message must include to whom the question is directed. This Network World Fusion Face-off ends February 6, and other Network World Fusion Face-offs will follow.

Editorial contact: Samantha Leggat, Network World, (508) 820-7528,

Face-off Series contact: Sandra Gittlen, Network World Fusion online reporter,