Microsoft?s key economic witness yesterday said he was surprised that a survey he used as a basis for his testimony had actually been commissioned by Bill Gates.
According to Richard Schmalensee in his second day of testimony, he had no idea that Gates had ordered the report, complete with the results he wanted: ?It's not misleading? he said, ?It's a random survey done by a third party research firm.?
Schmalensee was responding to questions from US government lawyer David Boies who presented him with a number of emails, one of which had Gates explaining exactly what he wanted in the survey.
One of the central topics in the survey was Web browsers and Gates wanted to show there was no support for the company?s decision to integrate Internet Explorer. He was hoping to use the survey in his own testimony.
?It would help me immensely to have a survey showing that 90 per cent of developers believe that putting the browser into the operating system makes sense,? Gates wrote earlier this year.
The results of the survey did match Gates' requirements, but Microsoft?s own market research department was reluctant to release the results, saying the report was not entirely unbiased and they did not want to give it to the press.
Schmalensee claimed that even without the survey, his testimony would not have been any different.
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