The US Department of Justice has given details of its forthcoming witnesses against Microsoft in the protracted antitrust trial.
The main focus will be on Microsoft?s alleged attempts to stop Sun Microsystems? Java programming language gaining universal acceptance, with Java creator James Gosling expected to take the stand this week.
In a separate case last month, Microsoft was dealt a damaging blow when a US judge made a preliminary ruling that it may have used unfair business practices to stop the widespread adoption of Java.
The DoJ is expected to release written testimony from Gosling today, which will allege that Microsoft saw Java as a threat because it could run across different operating systems, and so could hurt Windows' dominance in the marketplace.
Later witnesses called by the DoJ will be two academics - Ed Felton, a professor at Felton University; and David Farber, from the University of Pennsylvania. The two are expected to testify that Internet Explorer is a separate product from Windows 98, and the two have only been combined to gain an illegal advantage in the browser marketplace.
William Harris, chief executive officer for Intuit, is also expected to testify on how Microsoft put Intuit?s Quicken software on the Windows desktop in exchange for Microsoft promoting IE.
Finally, Franklin Fisher, an economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is expected to offer testimony on Microsoft?s monopoly position.
Tesco wrangling with FCA over size of fine
Equinox's Dave Millett explores how phone, mobile and broadband could be affected by a no-deal Brexit
Dust storm on Titan only the third Solar System body where such storms have been observed
New technique could enable quantum computers to scale-up to millions of qubits