Microsoft Asks Court To Dismiss Billion Dollar Case Against Novell

Many of you would have forgot about the antitrust case that is going on between Microsoft and Novell. Even though Microsoft and Novell are now friends in their industry, once they were bitter rivals. Here is the short description of the case,

Novell argues that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates ordered company engineers to reject WordPerfect as a Windows 95 application because he feared it was too good. WordPerfect’s share plummeted from nearly 50 percent to less than 10 percent of the market as Microsoft’s own office programs took hold.

Microsoft obviously argues that its not the case as Novell describes. Their response,

Microsoft’s Gates decided against installing a WordPerfect program because it threatened to crash Windows and couldn’t be fixed in time for the Windows 95 rollout.

Bill GatesGates is scheduled to appear before court on Microsoft’s defense on Monday. Lets see what happens ! ! !


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