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More from the MS trial

Thu May 25, 2000 - 9:31 AM EDT - By James Hromadka

As the day gets closer when Judge Jackson's decision in the Microsoft antitrust trial draws near, more email is revealed by the Department of Justice appear to show that Microsoft has no intention of letting up in the market.

The following is from the first email was sent from Bill Gates on July 11, 1999, after testimiony in the trial was complete. It was sent to certain managers and executives regarding PDAs and wireless technology:
"We really need to demonstrate...why our PDA will connect to Office in a better way than other PDAs, even that means changing how we do flexible schema in Outlook and how we tie some of our audio and video advanced work to only run on our PDAs."
The DOJ believes that this indicates that Microsoft intends to continue to use its monopolistic power, but Microsoft says that sentence was taken out of context. "It wasn't a question of interfering with Palm. That email was designed to show the benefits of Microsoft's architecture to Nokia," according to Rick Rule, a Microsoft consultant.

For the complete story, see this C|Net article.


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