Dan Gillmor has it right in explaining Microsoft’s strategy in putting Bill Gates on the witness stand:
At least Gates has finally done what seemed impossible. He admitted his company is a lawbreaker. Now, of course, he’s working every angle to evade any penalty. Microsoft will settle only for license to continue the kinds of practices that have served so well in the past. Justice, like honor, is not in this company’s vocabulary.
Bill may not think he’s above the law, but he sure thinks he can either fool or buy the law.
Developers aren’t fooled, though.