Three days before three industry heavyweights are to testify on Microsoft's business practices before the Senate Judiciary Committee, another case of alleged Microsoft bullying surfaced.
Reuters reported that in three separate instances, Microsoft pressured Taiwanese PC manufacturer Acer into bundling application software from Microsoft on its PCs, rather than software from competitors Lotus, IBM and Corel. The Reuters source said Acer top management yielded to Microsoft pressure because it feared ?retalliation? from Microsoft.
Acer spokespeople have denied the company yielded to pressure from Microsoft, saying the software bundling decisions were based on usability tests. They characterise Reuters? source, Ricardo Correa, as a disgruntled former employee.
The Reuters story offers no proof of improper business conduct from Microsoft. Nor does the source for the story appear to have personally witnessed Microsoft executives pressuring Acer management. His allegations appear to be based on remarks made to him by his superiors at Acer about Acer wanting to avoid retalliation.
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