How Microsoft earned lawmakers belief in Silicon Valley battles

Two decades after Microsoft fought its own antitrust battles in Washington, Microsoft has emerged as a seasoned and experienced Washington operator, positioning itself as a willing participant in regulation and developing relationships that inspire rare trust. The company has come a long way since its own antitrust battle, which began in the ’90s when it was viewed as an arrogant competitor with little regard for politics. Lawmakers have treated Redmond, Wash., where Microsoft is headquartered, like a trusted ally in curbing other big tech companies in recent years.

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