The lawsuit filed against Microsoft by Bristol Technology is expected to go to jury later today, US time.
Bristol Technology, a small Connecticut based software company, filed the suit against Microsoft last August, alleging that the software giant is trying to stifle competition from the Unix market. (see Newswire 16 October, 1998)
The company, which has less than 100 employees, said Microsoft denied it access to the Windows NT 5.0 (renamed Windows 2000) source code in an attempt to undermine Unix sales.
Bristol produces Wind/U, which allows developers to take Windows applications and adapt them for Unix systems.
When Microsoft began licensing Windows code to Bristol it was keen to encourage Unix developers to start using Windows programming interfaces.
Now that Windows NT has a much larger share in the marketplace, Bristol Technology claims Microsoft no longer wants developers to write programs to run on Unix and has damaged the company by illegally using its monopoly power in the operating system market. The company said it needs access to the source code for each version of NT to enable it to build products that work.
However, Microsoft maintains that Bristol’s suit is merely an attempt to establish better contract terms and that its sales have not been harmed by lack of access to the NT 5.0 code.
Lawyers from both Microsoft and Bristol made their closing arguments yesterday afternoon and the case goes to jury later today.
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