Both Microsoft and the Department of Justice have named their witness line-up for the upcoming antitrust trial, with both sides going for a mixture of industry figures and leading academics.
US district judge Thomas Penfield Jackson has limited the number of witnesses from both sides to 12, to prevent the trial becoming too protracted. Both sides have gone for the full contingent.
While Microsoft has not seen fit to call chairman Bill Gates, or president Steve Ballmer, it will call eight of its executives, as well as two professors from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and two industry allies, John Rose, a senior vice president at Compaq, and Michael Devlin, president of Rational Software.
The Microsoft executives include Paul Maritz: vice president for platforms and applications, who has been quoted as saying Microsoft intended to cut off Netscape's air supply; Brad Chase, vice president of developers' relations and marketing, and the author of a seven page confidential memo outlining Microsoft's strategy to beat back Netscape's lead in the browser market; and James Allchin, senior vice president for the personal and business systems group.
The Department of Justice's witness list is headed up by Jim Barksdale, chief executive officer of Netscape Communications. Other industry figures include Steven McGeady, vice president of Intel's content group, who was present at the crucial meetings with Microsoft in which Microsoft executives are alleged to have pressurised Intel to stop Internet software development, and John Soyring of IBM, who was involved with its OS/2 operating system.
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