A US court has given America Online (AOL), owner of Netscape, the chance to voice its opinions as part of Microsoft's antitrust appeals case.
The ISP will add its remarks in a filing that will combine comments from three US trade associations that represent rivals such as Sun Microsystems and Oracle. The Microsoft opponents had previously wanted to file separate so-called amicus briefs.
The US Court of Appeal has also allowed two groups, the Association of Competitive Technology and the Computing Technology Association, to file a joint brief of 25 pages in support of Microsoft.
Two other associations, The Association for Objective Law and the Center for the Moral Defense of Capitalism, will also file a joint brief, while three individuals will make separate filings.
Microsoft's first written document is due on 27 November.
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