Looking back at Antitrust, the movie where Bill Gates murders coders

Two decades ago, witnesses at Microsoft’s landmark antitrust trial claimed the company had threatened to violently murder software. One said Microsoft had ordered Apple to abandon QuickTime by “knifing the baby.” Another recalled a threat to “cut off Netscape’s air supply” and metaphorically asphyxiate the browser company into submission. Microsoft denied both quotes. But as the trial progressed, a team of filmmakers took the next logical step: what if Microsoft was literally murdering software programmers?

Thus Antitrust was born — a convoluted thriller that, looking back, is both cynically conspiratorial and surprisingly optimistic about the future of Big Tech.

Spoilers for Antitrust ahead.

Antitrust, released in 2001, is an extremely…

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