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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

October 17, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Bill Gates expected to testify at Microsoft-Novell antitrust trial

Microsoft co-founder and Chairman Bill Gates is on the “will-call” witness list and is expected to testify on behalf of the company at some point during a federal trial starting today between Microsoft and Novell.

The Utah-based Novell, which provides infrastructure software, sued Microsoft in 2004, accusing the software giant of violating U.S. antitrust laws, primarily through its arrangements with other computer makers, the Deseret News reports. Since the suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City in 2004, a judge has dismissed five of Novell’s six original claims.

The jury trial beginning today is to resolve the remaining issue of whether Microsoft delayed releasing Windows 95 to keep Novell’s WordPerfect word-processing program and Quattro Pro spreadsheet application from gaining a place in the market, according to the Deseret News. Novell is seeking $500 million to $2.5 billion in compensation.

Microsoft’s lawyers are expected to argue that Novell’s failures were of its own making and that Microsoft’s delays were based on technical decisions about what features to include or exclude from its operating system, the Deseret News reports.

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