Microsoft’s Last Anti-Trust Trial Begins Today


Microsoft has faced numerous Anti-trust cases against it around the world from the 1990’s. It has come out of most of them including the famous European Union Commission’s case against Microsoft for bundling Internet Explorer with Windows OS. Another anti-trust case against Microsoft was filed by Novell, the maker of WordPerfect.

Some info on Novell’s argument,

In an Oct. 3, 1994, email, Gates tells Microsoft development teams about his decision to not support the features in Windows 95, and he mentions WordPerfect and Lotus Notes in competition with Microsoft’s Office software.

"We should wait until we have a way to do a high level of integration that will be harder for [the] likes of Notes, WordPerfect to achieve, and which will give Office a real advantage," Gates wrote.

Novell says the email shows Gates "targeted Novell’s applications by name in documents recording Microsoft’s anti-competitive schemes."

"He candidly admitted that Microsoft’s own products could not compete without the benefit of these anti-competitive acts," Novell said in its lawsuit.

Though Gates denied the intention of the email, both the companies will face the trial today at the court.

If Microsoft gets rid of this case, this will be last anti-trust head ache for Microsoft.

Source: Salt Lake Tribune

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