Microsoft has been ordered to hand over sensitive correspondence it had with Apple and Intel in the anti-trust case being brought against it by the US Department of Justice (DoJ). Leaked Emails from the DoJ's case against Microsoft reveal that the company bullied PC makers Intel and Apple. These were presented by the DoJ to the court as further evidence of Microsoft's anti-competitive behaviour. Microsoft appealed to the court for an extra six months preparation time, claiming that these new assertions from the DoJ were not part of its original case. The judge has yet to rule on this. Mark Turner, barrister at IT law firm Herbert Smith, said: "With the range of issues that the DoJ is looking at, Microsoft has to go away and investigate what its executives have been up to. The genie is well and truly out of the bottle." Turner believes there is an aggressive culture among IT firms and particularly sales staff, who will talk of "killing the competition". He said: "This should not be taken literally - Email is a permanent record which puts Microsoft at a disadvantage, but the court will have to take this culture into account." Ted Schadler, an analyst at Forrester Research, believes Microsoft is muddying the water. "As far as the government is concerned this case is about anti-trust and it will drag up every piece of anti-competitive behaviour it can find. Microsoft on the other hand wants to keep the focus on Netscape, Java and other narrow issues," he explained. Schadler said it is not in Microsoft's interest to have the case extended as this brings NT into the picture. NT bundles middleware, messaging, Microsoft Transaction Server and load balancing, which are all separate markets, according to Schadler.
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