Joachim Kempin, Microsoft senior vice president, and David Boise, the US government?s lead attorney, crossed swords again in an ill tempered exchange.
The Washington court heard Kempin deny that PC manufacturers have an automatic right to alter the Windows start up screens. He argued that Windows is like a novel, ?and we don?t allow OEMs to alter the last chapter of the book because they don?t like the ending.?
For his part, Boise argued that consumers were affected adversely by Microsoft?s refusal to allow OEMs to customise the systems, citing Gateway as an example. The company wanted to remove the IE icon if customers requested it but Microsoft refused permission.
A Gateway memo, produced in court, claimed that Microsoft saw the use of Netscape?s browser, ?as a huge issue... and it [Gateway] would be cut off from co-marketing... unless it is pro-Microsoft.?
Boise alleged that Dell pays less than Gateway for Microsoft software because Dell turned down Netscape. Kempin admitted that there is a pricing differential but he denied any link between the companies? Netscape plans and Microsoft pricing.
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