Yesterday?s court session heard Microsoft officials deny allegations that Microsoft sabotaged Apple?s Quicktime multimedia player to prevent it working with Windows.
Avadis Tevanian, Apple Computer senior vice president, said earlier this week that Apple failed to get Quicktime to run seamlessly with Windows and Microsoft refused to provide information to correct the problem.
Eric Engstrom, general manager of Microsoft?s multimedia unit, said the accusation was ?completely unfounded?. He acknowledged that Microsoft wanted Apple to abandon part of Quicktime and use Microsoft software instead, but he argued, ?there was no reason for them to duplicate efforts.?
The prosecution questioned Microsoft?s true motivation and cited an exchange of emails on April 28, 1998, between chief executive Bill Gates and a senior Microsoft executive.
Gates wrote: ?Apple doesn?t have to do Windows development in this area. We take some of their codecs [compression and decompression code] and declare victory.?
Later in the day the court watched a video presentation by Microsoft?s senior vice president, Joachim Kempin, that demonstrated how PC manufacturers can include Netscape Navigator.
Under questioning by government attorney, David Boies, Kempin admitted that the original video, prepared for the court in November, did not include the Netscape icon.
He acknowledged that Compaq, which is shipping a Presario computer with Navigator, was granted a special licence and only about 15 manufacturers out of 500 have Microsoft?s permission to make changes. No manufacturer or customer can remove Internet Explorer.
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