Beleaguered Microsoft is facing yet another business practices lawsuit, as a small Connecticut software company accuses it of trying to stifle competition from the Unix market.
Bristol Technology, which has just 75 employees, claims the Redmond based giant is denying it access to the Windows NT 5.0 sourcecode 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 claims Microsoft no longer wants developers to write programs to run on Unix.
"Accordingly, Microsoft callously decided to restrict Bristol's access to sourcecode," the suit alleges. While Microsoft is denying this, claiming it had been negotiating with Bristol over a new licensing agreement, the suit claims this was just a ploy to stop Bristol realising its true intentions.
This is the latest sourcecode dispute to hit Microsoft, which has already engaged in legal action with AT&T.
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