Last week Netscape was Saddam Hussein, this week Microsoft was described as the 1000lb gorilla of the industry, as the anti-trust trial against the software giant rolls on.
US Federal judges in the Microsoft anti-trust case spent yesterday concentrating on the matter in hand, that of proving Microsoft puts pressure on other companies to keep control of the market.
Video deposition at the trial had a Disney Channel online executive outlining how his company agreed not to use Netscape?s browser, Navigator, in order to get placement on the Windows desktop.
Steve Wadsworth, the executive on the tape, said they had no choice because he said, according to reports, the company was, "roughed up by the 1,000lb gorilla of the industry."
Bill Gates, who took the stand yesterday, was also presented with an email he and Microsoft president Steve Ballmer were accused of receiving in 1994 discussing an IBM ?hit team?.
The mail, from Microsoft vice president Joachim Kempin, read: ?Why does IBM help Lotus so much? Is there anything we can do about this? I am willing to do whatever it takes to kick them out, but strongly believe we need a WW [worldwide] hit team to attack IBM as a large account.?
He also suggested that Microsoft use its relationship with other PC manufacturers to ?apply the same pressure?.
When asked, Gates said that WW stood for world wide and that the ?hit team? referred to a sales person, but then said he could not remember receiving the mail.
As usual, the resulting official response from Microsoft?s press relations unit attacked the Government?s use of videotaped evidence in the trial. In a statement, the company said the method underscored weaknesses in their opponent's case by taking out of context assertions from competitors and amplifying their ?groundless? claims.
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