Ralph Nader
P.O. Box 19312
Washington, D.C. 20036

November 4, 1997

Mr. William H. Gates
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Microsoft Corporation
1 Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052

Dear Mr. Gates:

It is disappointing that neither you nor your top executives are willing to make personal or satellite-televised presentations at our conference titled "Appraising Microsoft and its Global Strategies" which is being held on November 13th and 14th in Washington, DC.

To encourage a variety of views in the audience we will renew our invitation for your company to send attendees by reserving a bloc of seats for them. There is already a broad representation of perspectives, but should you desire a more explicit presence of partisans, please have your staff contact Caroline Jonah at 202-387-8034 regarding registration.


Ralph Nader