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Article title: Microsoft’s secret? It’s in its ’source’
Comment: Pointing at the Bristol, Caldera and AT&T
lawsuits, it seems that Microsoft is restricting access to the source
code of NT. An anonymous source is quoted saying that the number of
source licensees has dropped from tens or hundreds to one or at most
two handfulls.

Other mentioned alleged source holders are DEC (now Compaq) and IBM.

By: Mary Jo Foley
URL: http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/zdnn_rc_display/0,3443,2129727,00.html
Published by: ZDNet
Publisher URL: http://www.zdnet.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Ballmer: Microsoft will open up more of NT to developers
Comment: In stark contrast with Microsoft’s ferocious
defense of the secrecy of its source code, its president, Mr. Ballmer,
dropped hints at a Microsoft developer conference that Microsoft will
open up more of the NT source code.

No decisions have been made and no dates are mentioned. Ballmer
says “There is a real customer desire here but making 40 billion lines
of source code available doesn’t delight anybody.” So if Microsoft
would indeed open up any of the code, it would still keep part of it
secret.

Instead of saying that secrecy benefits Microsoft, Mr. Ballmer
gives as the reason that this is better for those seeking knowledge.
“The less you know the better it is for you”, seems to be the
patriarchal credo of Microsoft’s president.

By: Sean Silverthorne
URL: http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/zdnn_smgraph_display/0,4436,2137002,00.html
Published by: ZDNN
Publisher URL: http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: AT&T, Microsoft settle over source code
Comment: AT&T and Microsoft have reached a
settlement over the NT sources. The conditions of the settlement are
clouded in secrecy, with no better informers than those who prefer to
remain anonymous. It appears to be that AT&T has settled for money.

I would be interested to find out what the fate of AT&T’s
interoperability product “NT Advanced Server for UNIX” will be. Could
it be that AT&T has discontinued the development of the product as
Microsoft gave it more money than they could make by producing and
selling it?

Incidentally, the article mentions that there are some 50 licensees to the Windows and NT sources.

By: Mary Jo Foley
URL: http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/zdnn_smgraph_display/0,3441,2128350,00.html
Published by: Sm@rt Reseller
Publisher URL: http://www.smartreseller.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Europeans seek more Microsoft antitrust info
Comment: The article basically gives an impression of
the EC’s passive stance regarding Microsoft’s practices. This is not
surprising given the absence of competitors to Microsoft in Europe. Of
course, once Europeans understand that they can’t develop a software
industry of their own in a Microsoft controlled environment, they might
change their attitude.
By: Nigel Tutt
URL: http://www.techweb.com/wire/story/msftdoj/TWB19980925S0002
Published by: TechWeb
Publisher URL: http://www.techweb.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: How secure is Windows NT?
Comment: Yet another disgruntled employee claims that
Microsoft “knowingly and willfully concealed information regarding
security flaws in computer hardware from the NSA out of fear that
revealing such flaws would reduce the number of copies of its products
that would be purchased by the government”.

The man, Ed Curry, says further: “I have raised this issue
internally with Microsoft, and in return have been the subject of both
bribes and threats.”

By: Mary Jo Foley
URL: http://www8.zdnet.com/pcweek/news/0921/23ent.html
Published by: Sm@rt Reseller
Publisher URL: http://www.zdnet.com/sr/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: The Case Against Bork’s “Case Against Microsoft”
Comment: Once heading the DOJ’s antitrust department,
Charles Rule is now Microsoft’s ideological champion. I won’t claim not
to be guilty of such insinuating writing myself, but then, I am not a
former head of that or any department.

Anyway, it is hard to take a piece of writing seriously as starts as follows:

“In what amounts to a startling case of analytical schizophrenia,
Robert Bork, who is being paid by Netscape, recently published a screed
entitled, “The Case Against Microsoft.” At bottom, the attack on
Microsoft represents special pleading on behalf of Microsoft’s
competitors who apparently are hoping to be freed of the burden of
having to compete against a relentlessly efficient and innovative
Microsoft. Bork’s arguments are based on a distorted reading of the
case law and on a studied refusal even to acknowledge, much less
address, the manifest efficiency justifications for Microsoft’s
conduct.”

By: Charles F. (Rick) Rule
URL: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/doj/rrule.htm
Published by: Microsoft
Publisher URL: http://www.microsoft.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: MS motions for contempt of court
Comment: After being granted a suspension of the law as
to keep the depositions secret, Microsoft is now sueing Caldera for
leaking data on the depositions. How “contemptuous” has Microsoft been
itself by abusing its dubious privilege to scratch out fragments
concerning trade secrets to keep the entire proceedings secret?
By: Dan Goodin
URL: HTTP://www.news.com/News/Item/0,4,26896,00.html?st.ne.ni.lh
Published by: CNet
Publisher URL: http://www.news.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Microsoft seeks to delay Caldera case
Comment: How long to June 1999? Too long for Microsoft
for setting the next step in the long drawn out Caldera case. While
making their ever reiterated claim that the case against them is
without merit, nine months seems to be too short a period for them to
show it.
By: Mary Jo Foley
URL: http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/zdnn_smgraph_display/0,4436,2141637,00.html
Published by: Sm@rt Reseller
Publisher URL: http://www.zdnet.com/sr/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Caldera vs Microsoft case gets ugly
Comment: Says Caldera’s CEO Bryan Sparks: “If Microsoft
did destroy documents that would have further proven the original U.S.
case against Microsoft, this could mean the government entered into the
original [1995] consent decree under false pretenses.”
By: Mary Jo Foley
URL: http://www.zdnet.com/sr/stories/news/0,4538,2143122,00.html
Published by: Sm@rt Reseller
Publisher URL: http://www.zdnet.com/sr/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Judge orders Microsoft to narrow subpoena against Oracle
Comment: The gist of the article is:

“U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ordered that
Oracle provide Microsoft, the world’s leading software company, with
information about agreements it had entered into with a group of other
high-tech companies. But Oracle need not provide information about
discussions that never led to completed agreements.”

By: Reuters
URL: http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/zdnn_smgraph_display/0,4436,2143360,00.html
Published by: Reuters
Publisher URL:
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Scope of Microsoft’s Oracle subpoena narrowed
Comment: Says Oracle’s outside legal counsel Donald Falk:

“You can’t prove anything about the character of Microsoft’s
agreements . . . by the character of Oracle’s agreements. The key
question is whether Microsoft acted illegally in any of its
collaborative arrangements, not whether other companies engaged
incollaborative arrangements”

The DOJ supported Oracle’s position:

“This does not have any bearing on Microsoft’s monopoly power,”
said Melvin A. Schwarz, special counsel for civil enforcement with the
Justice Department’s Antitrust Division.

By: David Wilson
URL: http://www.sjmercury.com/business/microsoft/docs/069148.htm
Published by: Mercury News
Publisher URL: http://www.sjmercury.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: ’Knifing the baby’: High-tech cooperation or collusion?
Comment: The article gives some insight in the details
of the partnership between Microsoft and Apple. Basically, the
allegiation is that Microsoft attempted to stop Apple from developing
its own media player to compete with Microsoft’s.
By: James Grimaldi
URL: http://www.seattletimes.com/news/business/html98/micr_092098.html
Published by: Seattle Times
Publisher URL: http://www.seattletimes.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Spillover from java suit
Comment: Concentrating on the relationship between the
lawsuit over java between Sun and Microsoft on the one hand and the
DoJ’s antitrust suit against Microsoft on the other, this article shows
how Microsoft tinkers with the status of speech acts that are
detrimental to their case.

Protective seals that are to be used to hide trade secrets have in
effect been used to hide information pertinent to the case (could this
be contempt of court – at least it is contempt of the public).
Furthmore, causal knowledge of Microsoft executives is disregarded as
“water cooler conversations” and therefore not knowledge of the
organisation.

Microsoft’s defense indicating Sun’s evil plans for java – using
the words of Bill Joy – is entirely irrelevant: “a Java operating
system, running on a Java chip with Java applications, all controlled
by Sun.” So Sun wants to make a proprietary operating system written in
java and a proprietary microprocessor to run java well. All this has
nothing to do with the control of the java language. To be more plain:
amateurs are writing an operating system in the very same java language
now which is called JOS (http://www.jos.org)
and Intel could create a java microprocessor just as well as Sun, again
based on the very same language. Sun can’t stop the competition from
basing itself on the standards that it sets itself. This is not true
for Microsoft’s java version. No competition – adhering to the same
standards – is possible that doesn’t base itself on Microsoft’s Windows.

By: Miguel Helft
URL: http://www.sjmercury.com/business/microsoft/docs/java100198.htm
Published by: Mercury News
Publisher URL: http://www.sjmercury.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Microsoft seeks to force loose tapes from authors
Comment: Two professors (Harvard and MIT) have written
a forthcoming book on the struggle between Microsoft and Netscape.
Their research included interviews with senior Netscape executives.
Given the subpoenas of Netscape itself, it makes sense to me that the
resulting tapes and transcripts are subpoenaed too.

Microsoft justifies the subpoena with: “Candid concessions by
senior Netscape personnel that their own mistakes are responsible for
the declining popularity of Netscape’s Web browsing software are fatal
to the government’s contention that Netscape’s problems can be laid at
the feet of Microsoft”.

Well, I am not interested in “Netscape’s problems” and when I
support the DOJ’s antitrust case it is not because I want to protect
Netscape. What could Netscape’s executives possibly say to dispell the
fact that Microsoft’s integration scheme can be used to take control of
any software market that depends on their OS?

By: Reuters
URL: http://www.sjmercury.com/business/microsoft/docs/076877.htm
Published by: Reuters
Publisher URL:
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: The mighty patch
Comment: The latest IBM java Daily Grounds article, “The mighty patch” mentions:

“…we’re disappointed that Microsoft has no RMI support built into
their Internet Explorer 4.0. Developers are, instead, given the option
of using the proprietary DCOM. So we’ve got a small solution in order
to neutralize the situation. It involves no major political upheaval or
300 page manuals. RMI for IE4. It’s a small, downloadable patch which
can installed and used with the Microsoft JVM and Internet Explorer.
Programmers can even use it to implement server-side applications
needing RMI.”

By:
URL: http://javausers.ihost.com/jnews/stories.nsf/allarticles/October198.html
Published by: IBM
Publisher URL: http://www.ibm.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: `Confidential’ a loose term in Microsoft case
Comment: Good article on the use of the “confidentiality” status in the lawsuit of the DOJ vs Microsoft.
By: San Jose Mercury News
URL: http://www.sjmercury.com/business/microsoft/docs/077339.htm
Published by: San Jose Mercury News
Publisher URL: http://www.sjmercury.com
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Microsoft wants tapes, notes from authors
Comment: In the material that Netscape delivered for
the case of the DOJ against Microsoft was an advance copy of a book
that apparently relates management decision making at Netscape with
their business results.

The authors signed a confidentiality contract with the Netscape
executives they interviewed. Microsoft now wants to make them break
this contract by turning over the tapes and notes to Microsoft.

By: San Jose Mercury News
URL: http://www.sjmercury.com/business/microsoft/docs/026140.htm
Published by: San Jose Mercury News
Publisher URL: http://www.sjmercury.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Court papers suggest Microsoft fears
of Sun’s Java
Comment: If Sun, Netscape, Oracle and IBM are the “Gang
of Four”, then how must we describe Microsoft? As Mao Zedong perhaps?
Microsoft’s attorney Karl Quackenbush is not very happy in choosing his
analogies. The contention that these parties could “kill” Microsoft by
setting a common standard and adhering to it is at best ridiculous
given that Microsoft has the option to coopt the standard. If Mr.
Quackenbush means that “killing Microsoft” is to refer to disabling
Microsoft’s ability to abuse its power over the one standard that
exists today, their proprietary “Windows” Operating System, he uses
very unpleasant words for the intention to compete on an equal footing.

By: San Jose Mercury News
URL: http://www.sjmercury.com/business/microsoft/docs/002105.htm
Published by: San Jose Mercury News
Publisher URL: http://www.sjmercury.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Court transcript sheds light on java fight
Comment: Better check the Mercury News articles on this
topic. Incidentally, those articles contain the same silly quote from
Microsoft’s attorney Karl Quackenbush:

“[Bill Day] drew a big circle and he wrote, ’Wintel’ in it,
standing for Windows and Intel, and he drew a big line through it and
he wrote the year 2000,” said Quackenbush according to the transcript.”

Ergo? Microsoft’s lawyers seem to resort to mysticism now by
attempting to ascribe any meaning to such an act. Could anything ask
them to focus on what somebody does and why and how this affects others.

By: Wylie Wong
URL: http://www.techweb.com/wire/story/TWB19981001S0006
Published by: Computer Reseller News
Publisher URL: http://www.crn.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Former judge wants equal Bill-ing for Gates
Comment: Says Robert Bork:

“A Sherman Act analysis requires a careful examination of conduct
and intent,” Bork said. “The best way for policy makers and the public
to determine that, and to understand the issues of this case, is to see
and hear directly the words of the CEO of the Microsoft empire.”

By: Darryl K. Taft
URL: http://www.techweb.com/wire/story/msftdoj/TWB19981002S0001
Published by: Computer Reseller News
Publisher URL: http://www.crn.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: New Book Seriously Undermines Government’s Case Against Microsoft
Comment: The following citation shows how Microsoft uses the words of logic without heeding their meaning:

“Netscape officials concede the company made mistakes in its
business strategy that led to many of the problems it later encountered
in the marketplace. According to Microsoft, those admissions by
Netscape refute a central element of the government’s case, which is
that Microsoft engaged in anticompetitive practices toward Netscape.”

How can decision errors on the site of Netscape’s executives
“refute” that “Microsoft is engaged in anticompetitive practices toward
Netscape.”?

By: Microsoft
URL: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/10-1highlights.htm
Published by: Microsoft
Publisher URL: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Highlights of Microsoft’s October 1, 1998 Court Filings
Regarding “Competing on Internet Time:
Comment: Here we find highlights of the Court Filings
with which Microsoft seeks to obtain tapes and notes with interviews of
Netscape executives that the writers of “Competing on Internet time:
Lessons from Netscape and the battle with Microsoft”.

The only element of interest that I could find is that the book
seems to conclude – perhaps on the explicit insistence of a Netscape
executive – that Netscape lost its business of AOL due to its own
mistakes. Well, I must say that so far I have found the account saying
that AOL was swayed by getting a place in the Windows channel bar a
pretty convincing reason for chosing Microsoft and that would
constitute a textbook example of leveraging one monopoly to the next.

For the rest, the quotes merely come down to stating and re-stating
that the book alleges that Netscape’s executives made errors that made
their situations worse than it could have been.

Another passage nicely illustrates how Microsoft lawyers use the words of logic without heeding its meaning:

“There are many other quotations in the book that reflect the
shortsighted manner in which Netscape conducted its business. Many of
those quotations are attributed to persons who are, or were, among the
most senior executives at Netscape. Their account directly contradicts
the government’s case against Microsoft.”

The government’s case is that Microsoft has sought to use its
monopoly in one market to obtain a market share in another. Just as
antitrust laws don’t serve to protect companies, the actual behavior of
players in that other market are irrelevant to the evaluation of the
intent and actions of the monopolist. There cannot possible be a
“direct contradiction” here.

By: Microsoft
URL: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/10-1highlights2.htm
Published by: Microsoft
Publisher URL: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: No surprise: Microsoft top political spender among computer companies
Comment: Remember how Microsoft complained about other
companies lobbying in Washington? Well, they are topping the list in
the computer industry. Oracle is the only company mentioned in
Microsoft’s standard list of competitors – Netscape, Sun, Oracle, IBM -
that made the diagram accompanying the article and it spends less than
half of what Microsoft spends.
By: Charles Cooper
URL: http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/zdnn_smgraph_display/0,4436,2145086,00.html
Published by: ZDNN
Publisher URL: http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: The red eye takes on Bill Gates again
Comment: This interview would be a good parody of Mr.
Gates, if only it weren’t real. When asked about the possibilities of
*software* companies to partner with Microsoft, Mr. Gates refers to
*hardware* companies that have such a partnership and are successful.
When asked about the future of software innovations, Mr. Gates suggests
that entrepreneurs must decide whether it is to end up in Windows, that
is, decide whether to enter a market with one buyer. Another
interesting item is that the very idea of geographically distributed
development seems to be alien to Gates. Apparently, the possiblities of
the Internet have passed him by.
By: Tony Perkins
URL: http://www.redherring.com/insider/1998/1001/redeye.html
Published by: Red Herring Online
Publisher URL: http://www.redherring.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Bristol suit cites Microsoft papers
Comment: Part of Microsoft’s general strategy to
destroy cross-platform programming concerns raising the threshold for
one-time partner Bristol that has served its role as a “Trojan Horse”
to win over UNIX programmers.

By: Dan Goodin
URL: http://www.news.com/News/Item/0,4,27128,00.html?st.ne.fd.gif.f
Published by: CNET
Publisher URL: http://news.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Microsoft told to submit evidence
Comment: Resume of the activities of each of the parties suing Microsoft: DOJ, Sun, and Bristol.
By: Dan Goodin
URL: http://www.news.com/News/Item/0,4,26047,00.html?st.ne.ni.rel
Published by: CNET
Publisher URL: http://news.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Justice Dept.: Microsoft should
produce databases
Comment: The DOJ alleges that Microsoft offered only
two of the several databases that were requested from them. And what
they offered of these two are apparently merely limited views and no
table information.

Could it be that data from Microsoft products is eminently non-transportable?

By: Reuters
URL: http://www.sjmercury.com/business/microsoft/docs/070318.htm
Published by: Reuters
Publisher URL:
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: The people’s revolution
Comment: Nice article on Linux that stresses the
distributed context of its development. The invisible hand seeming to
guide Linux development is perceived as an attractive alternative to
Microsoft’s central planning.
By: Eric Wilson
URL: http://www.it.fairfax.com.au/age/981006/internet/internet1.html
Published by: John Fairfax Holdings Ltd
Publisher URL: http://www.fairfax.com.au/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Bristol Technology Sues Microsoft Corporation
Comment: Through this page one can find the public
versions of papers relevant for the case of Bristol Technology vs
Microsoft. I say *public* versions, as much of the evidence has been
excised.
By: Bristol Technology
URL: http://www.bristol.com/legal/
Published by: Bristol Technology
Publisher URL: http://www.bristol.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: UNITED STATES’ AND PLAINTIFF STATES’ MEMORANDUM
IN SUPPORT OF RENEWED MOTION TO COMPEL MI
Comment: This filing contains information on the
databases Microsoft did not deliver at the request of the DOJ and the
format of those that it did deliver.

Just as Caldera had to go to court again to obtain the source code
of Windows that Microsoft was to give them at the court’s request, so
the DOJ had to request once more for the databases that Microsoft was
to pass over to them.

By: Department of Justice
URL: http://www.usdoj.gov/atr/cases/f1900/1972.htm
Published by: Department of Justice
Publisher URL: http://www.usdoj.gov/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: DOJ hints at broader sanctions against Microsoft
Comment: Some speculation on the government’s possible
extension of the sanctions against Microsoft, that is, beyond the
slight santions concerning browsers that were proposed in May 1998.
By: Mike Moeller
URL: http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/zdnn_smgraph_display/0,4436,2146359,00.html
Published by: PC Week Online
Publisher URL: http://www.pcweek.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Microsoft Complaints? Take A Number
Comment: Overview of third-party actions against Microsoft on the eve of the DOJ vs Microsoft court sessions.
By: Mary Jo Foley
URL: http://www.zdnet.com/sr/stories/news/0,4538,2146483,00.html
Published by: Sm@rt Reseller
Publisher URL: http://www.zdnet.com/sr/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Microsoft May Net Academic Freedom in its Fishing Expedition
Comment: Microsoft’s claims on the research tapes and
notes that two academicians made from their interviews with Netscape
executives are stated to be contrary to academic freedom by the
American Association of University Professors.
By: American Association of University Professors
URL: http://www.aaup.org/pr102ms.htm
Published by: American Association of University Professors
Publisher URL: http://www.aaup.org/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: How a giant software maker played the game of hardball
Comment: The most salient examples of Microsoft’s alleged abuses are nicely laid out.

The article ends with a kind of “disclaimer” that attributes all
that is positive in the present state of the industry to Microsoft.

By: Steve Lohr and John Markoff
URL: http://www.nytimes.com/library/tech/98/10/biztech/articles/08microsoft.html
Published by: New York Times
Publisher URL: http://www.nytimes.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Microsoft denied access to tapes
Comment: Judge Richard Stearns did not think that
Microsoft had shown sufficiently that it could not obtain the
information in the notes and tapes in another way. He also ruled that
if Microsoft could show that it needed to question a witness’s
testimony, he would listen to the material in private and release it to
the company if it would be helpful.
By: Reuters
URL: http://www.news.com/News/Item/0,4,27313,00.html?st.ne.fd.mdh
Published by: Reuters
Publisher URL:
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Microsoft loses access to professors’
research
Comment: Another clear indication of the reluctance shown by judge Richard Stearns to keep the notes and tapes out of Microsoft’s hands.

By: San Jose Mercury News
URL: http://www.sjmercury.com/business/microsoft/docs/024418.htm
Published by: San Jose Mercury News
Publisher URL: http://www.sjmercury.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Microsoft’s holy war on java
Comment: Interesting article on Microsoft’s strategy
with regard to java. Intel’s abandoning of its multimedia java
initiative is broadly laid out.
By: Dan Goodin
URL: http://www.news.com/SpecialFeatures/0,5,26707,00.html
Published by: CNET
Publisher URL: http://news.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Microsoft Goes to College:
The Education Software Market and
Microsoft’s Expanding Monopoly
Comment: Excellent explanation of Microsoft’s commitment to government regulation, if only it supports their monopoly.

In state after state, education officials make deals with Microsoft to prevent students to chose their own software.

By: Nathan Newman
URL: http://www.netaction.org/monitor/mon35.html
Published by: NetAction
Publisher URL: http://www.netaction.org/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Microsoft subpoenas reporter for documents
Comment: Microsoft has subpoenaed reporter Dan Goodin
for any and all documents, including e-mail messages, that he used in
writing two articles critical on Microsoft in which allegedly
confidential Microsoft information was used.
By: Reuters
URL: http://www.sjmercury.com/business/microsoft/docs/054739.htm
Published by: Reuters
Publisher URL:
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Microsoft subpoenas CNet reporter
Comment: Microsoft has subpoenaed reporter Dan Goodin
to obtain the documents and emails he used to write two articles on
Microsoft’s strategy to destroy java as a standard.

According to spokesperson Tom Pilla Microsoft’s competitors have leaked the confidential information in a selective manner.

The subpoena is not meant to reveal Mr. Goodin’s sources.

By: Janelle Brown
URL: http://www.salonmagazine.com/21st/log/1998/10/06log.html
Published by: Salon Magazine
Publisher URL: http://www.salonmagazine.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Microsoft Refutes Critics, Shows How It Leads Industry in Giving
Consumers High Value at Low Cost
Comment: A few days ago several consumer organisations
handed a 115-page report to the Senate Judiciary Committee that was
highly critical of the combination of Microsoft’s market position with
their behavior. Although the link is very

much never made, Microsoft seems to have felt to urge to respond. I annotated the result.
By: Microsoft
URL: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/10-7pricing.htm
Published by: Microsoft
Publisher URL: http://www.microsoft.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Microsoft ordered to give DOJ access to databases; trial delayed
Comment: This article gives a an overview of the
situation: four day delay, Apple and Sun witnesses for the DOJ,
Microsoft’s claim that the scope of the trial is widened.

The most interesting information, however, is that Microsoft is
ordered to give access to its databases with OEM records. The part that
it gave to the DOJ came in a mangled form. Judge Jackson confirmed the
DOJ’s evaluation of the state of the data.

By: Will Rodger
URL: http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/zdnn_smgraph_display/0,4436,2147440,00.html
Published by: Inter@ctive Week
Publisher URL: http://www.zdnet.com/intweek/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Re: Microsoft ISP contracts
Comment: This article is about Microsoft’s application
for exemption from European anti-trust laws. It is ironic in light of
Microsoft’s repeated denials that they are a monopoly.
By: Ken Wasch
URL: http://www.spa.org/gvmnt/comp/dgivcomments.htm
Published by: Software Publishers Associateion
Publisher URL: http://www.spa.org
Poster: Roy Bixler

Article title: Judge Grants DOJ Access To Microsoft Files
Comment: As their reason for not complying with the
DOJ’s request that they hand over the databases with OEM information,
Microsoft claims that they are unable to deal with 4Gig data in a short
timespan. Given their additional claim that they have given “100%
cooperation” one must conclude that Microsoft is not up to dealing with
enterprise level databases.
By: Darryl K. Taft
URL: http://www.techweb.com/wire/story/msftdoj/TWB19981009S0014
Published by: Computer Reseller News
Publisher URL: http://www.crn.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Microsoft Dominance Hurts Consumers
Comment: This article gives face to the anonymous
critics that Microsoft agitates against. They turn out to be consumer
organizations that have names.

The article gives wide coverage to a poll by a Microsoft
front-organization, the TAAC. The methodology by which the poll was
conducted seems to be unavailable. (This sounds like a nasty
insinuation, I’ll gladly replace it with any information on the poll.)

By: Mary Mosquera
URL: http://www.techweb.com/wire/story/TWB19981009S0020
Published by: Techweb
Publisher URL: http://www.techweb.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Microsoft Objects to government’s tactics in lawsuit
Comment: Microsoft requests yet another delay of the
antitrust trial. Their point is that the government has added two
witnesses. Microsoft alleges that these witnesses will give a testimony
relevant for an expanded government case.

Of course, one could interpret Microsoft’s move as yet another
excuse to stretch the period of the alleged abuse of their monopoly.
After all, if the witnesses give information not pertinent to the case,
the judge will declare it irrelevant. On the other hand, if their
testimony is pertinent, Microsoft doesn’t need their identity to
prepare for their statements.

By: Microsoft
URL: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/10-12objects.htm
Published by: Microsoft
Publisher URL: http://www.microsoft.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Microsoft memo offers a glimpse of Gates
Comment: The New York Times acted as a messenger boy for Microsoft giving the world a rephrased version of a memo by William Gates.

While claiming that Gates is returning to his “programmer-geek
roots” we see that he is primarily occupied with power politics, partly
concerning the getting in line of hardware and services companies like
IBM, Oracle, Sun and Netscape that seek an independent software
strategy, and party concerning mobile telephone companies that dare not
to chose Microsoft’s Windows CE. The latter organizations are
considered a “threat”, which is strange as Microsoft has little
marketshare to lose in this market.

No indication is given of activities showing how Gates returns to
his mythical “programmer-geek roots”. On the basis of his experience
Microsoft would most likely be unwilling to hire him for any technical
job.

By: New York Times
URL: http://www.sjmercury.com/business/microsoft/docs/076526.htm
Published by: New York Times
Publisher URL: http://www.nytimes.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Is Oracle Microsoft’s next target?
Comment: Excellent article on Microsoft’s offensive to conquer the database market.
By: Ed Sperling, Joseph C. Panettieri, Mary Jo Foley
URL: http://www.zdnet.com/sr/stories/issue/0,4537,358663,00.html
Published by: Sm@rt Reseller
Publisher URL: http://www.zdnet.com/sr/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Trustbusters mull Microsoft breakup
Comment: The sole goal of an antitrust case is to free
one or more industries of the threats of a monopolist. Such a case is
meaningless when no alternatives are considered. Merely fining the
company in power is useless as it can simply pass on the fine in the
price of its products.

We could consider it negligence that little thought seems to have
been spent on finding an alternative to Microsoft’s dominant position.
I must admit, that I didn’t think much of this myself.

At present, the DOJ seems to start thinking and is right away
chastised by Microsoft: it shouldn’t think until it has won its case.
This is silly as there wouldn’t be any reason for the case if no
alternatives are considered that can be implemented after winning the
case.

By: Barton Crockett
URL: http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/zdnn_smgraph_display/0,4436,2148805,00.html
Published by: MSNBC
Publisher URL: http://www.msnbc.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Weighing in on the Microsoft bout
Comment: Dan Gilmor collected comments on the antitrust
case of well-known industry characters and made these available through
clicking their pictures on the page.

I found the account of Linus Torvalds wise and that of Mitch Kapor prophetic.

By: Dan Gilmor
URL: http://www.sjmercury.com/columnists/gillmor/docs/dg101198.htm
Published by: San Jose Mercury News
Publisher URL: http://www.sjmercury.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: US v. Microsoft: trial guide
Comment: This article contains a pretty good list of
what to keep in mind when following the news on the antitrust case and
it advises to get ones news firsthand and think for oneself. Well,
that’s a good thing.
By: Will Rodger, Connie Guglielmo, Steven Vonder Haar
URL: http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/zdnn_smgraph_display/0,4436,2148075,00.html
Published by: Inter@ctive Week Online
Publisher URL: http://www.zdnet.com/intweek/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Gates defense brings some hisses
Comment: Awaiting the start of the antitrust trial, Bill Gates is busily touring the country to win support for Microsoft.

As is the fate of any politician, the public isn’t undividedly enthousiastic about his actions.

By: Associated Press
URL: http://www.usatoday.com/life/cyber/tech/ctd639.htm
Published by: USA Today
Publisher URL: http://www.usatoday.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Gates defends Microsoft’s right to innovate
Comment: While on a political tour to raise support for
Microsoft now that it is confronted with an antitrust lawsuit, Mr.
Gates made much of defending his right to innovate.

When asked what the three most important innovations of Microsoft
were, his answers were rather bleak: 1. developing software according
to “industry standards” – these were originally set by IBM and
Microsoft later took over the role of the planning institution; 2.
building Windows NT from scratch – just like BeOS, but why is Be’s
position in the market place so unlike that of Windows NT?; letting
Windows NT handle high-value transactions – just like UNIX, ain’t it
great?

But don’t despair on this past record. Microsoft hasn’t done much
that wasn’t done by others before them, but they are sinking huge
amounts of money into the recognition of speech and handwriting. Now
that they have their monopoly and used the innovations of others to
include in their own business, they are eager to make up.

By: San Jose Mercury Center
URL: http://www.sjmercury.com/business/microsoft/docs/043659.htm
Published by: San Jose Mercury Center
Publisher URL: http://www.sjmercury.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Microsoft rewrites its own history
Comment: John Dvoraks went through the trouble of
reading old speeches by Bill Gates and found little that indicated that
Microsoft discovered the Internet at the time that it today claims it
did.
By: John Dvorak
URL: http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/zdnn_rc_display/0,3443,2148858,00.html
Published by: PC Magazine
Publisher URL: http://www.pcmag.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Gartner group sees no threat to Wintel
Comment: The Gartner Group expects a completely Wintel
dominated industry with Windows NT on Intel clients and servers and
Windows CE on Intel’s StrongARM processor.

Java systems will be relegated to a niche market.

By: John Gartner
URL: http://www.techweb.com/wire/story/TWB19981013S0008
Published by: Techweb
Publisher URL: http://www.techweb.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Browser integration – it’s just a tip of the iceberg
Comment: The DOJ has been seeking information from
other OS vendors about the criteria for integrating new features in the
OS, especially with relation to browsers and the Internet.
By: Mary Jo Foley
URL: http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/zdnn_smgraph_display/0,4436,2150958,00.html
Published by: Sm@rt Reseller
Publisher URL: http://www.zdnet.com/sr/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Bristol gets access to DOJ, Sun, Caldera materials
Comment: Bristol Technology is granted access to
depositions and exhibits from the lawsuits of the DOJ, Sun, Caldera,
and AT&T vs Microsoft. Although not mentioned, in the title of Ms
Foley’s article, especially the latter is important as it concerned
AT&T’s to-be-developed product for the integration of Windows and
UNIX for which they found themselves denied the source code to NT.
Microsoft and AT&T settled under conditions that remained secrets.
Rumors had it that AT&T was to receive a sum of money instead of
the source code, which implies that they must have left the business
altogether.

Microsoft spokesperson Tom Pilla ridiculed Microsoft’s month-long
resistence to granting Bristol access to this material by stating that
granting access to these documents is “standard procedure in these
kinds of cases”.

By: Mary Jo Foley
URL: http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/zdnn_smgraph_display/0,4436,2150648,00.html
Published by: Sm@rt Reseller
Publisher URL: http://www.zdnet.com/sr/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Intuit battle started what this trial
should finish: justice
Comment: Editorial on the Microsoft case written from
the position that Microsoft presently has an unregulated monopoly and
that the DOJ is finally waking up to this. The origin of the latter
process is attributed to Microsoft’s attempt to buy Intuit, which would
give it yet another monopoly.
By: Dan Gillmor
URL: http://www.mercurycenter.com/columnists/gillmor/docs/dg101898.htm
Published by: San Jose Mercury News
Publisher URL: http://www.sjmercury.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Microsoft: U.S. misinterprets evidence
Comment: Report of the second day of the antitrust
trial. Microsoft’s lead attorney defends Microsoft’s exclusive
contracts by saying that they gave consumers a choice during the period
that Netscape had a dominant market share in web browsers.

An important element of Mr. Warden’s defense seems to be to utter
Microsoft marketing slogans like: “Microsoft hasn’t denied consumer
choice, it IS consumer choice.” and clothing Microsoft’s in its
familiar – and unlikely – role of underdog.

By: David Wilson
URL: http://www.sjmercury.com/business/microsoft/trial/breaking/docs/mstrial102098.htm
Published by: San Jose Mercury Center
Publisher URL: http://www.sjmercury.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Enterprise licenses: be very afraid
Comment: Enterprises can now “buy into the Microsoft
vision” by signing the “Microsoft Enterprise Agreement”. This will give
them large discounts on Microsoft front- and backoffice products for a
three- or four year period. Aside from the long term – a standard
strategy of a monopolist, you can look it up in the books – the catch
of these agreements is that they are not volume-accounts by numbers,
but volume accounts by exclusion: by signing one agrees to not buy
software with similar functionality from other parties. Incidentally,
two American states have already “bought into the Microsoft vision”.

Microsoft claims that these agreements make up an increasing
percentage of their revenues, “though not a meaningful percentage”.
This seems to be their way to refer publicly to one third of their
revenues, that is, more than they get from the shrink-wrapped packages
you find so prominently in every computer store.

By: Mary Jo Foley
URL: http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/zdnn_rc_display/0,3443,2153066,00.html
Published by: Sm@rt Reseller
Publisher URL: http://www.zdnet.com/sr/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: What are the standards for Microsoft?
Comment: Red Herring quotes the Palm OS proposal that
Microsoft offered 3COM this summer to illustrate that the charge of
“collusion” doesn’t hinge on the account of some Netscape employees of
some meeting that is said to have taken place with Microsoft.

Furthermore, they mention that the supposed to be problematic
letter from Netscape’s Jim Clark to Microsoft offering to “work with”
Microsoft and suggesting that Microsoft may be interested in taking an
equitity position in Netscape might well be explained by saying that he
sought to raise money for cash-starved Netscape.

Last, it is mentioned that Microsoft’s buying up of startups
specializing in streaming media effectively comes down to pre-empting
the market mechanism for chosing between different techniques. One is
picked by Microsoft to become the “standard”, period.

By: Owen Thomas
URL: http://www.redherring.com/insider/1998/1021/microsoft.html
Published by: Red Herring
Publisher URL: http://www.redherring.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Is Microsoft putting on the spin?
Comment: Microsoft just had a record earning quarter
that was significantly better than the already good results that
analysts expected. By now they have $17 billion in the bank and no
debts, that is, sufficient money to buy most of their competitors.

Their own store is that these profits are not exceptional because
other companies in the industry also posted better results than
estimated. Alas, for those companies, that doesn’t already make them
good.

By: Corey Grice and Dawn Kawamoto
URL: http://www.news.com/News/Item/0,4,27849,00.html
Published by: C|Net
Publisher URL: www.news.com
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: DOJ ready for turn, may see Gates
Comment: The DOJ may want to show extended portions of
Gates’ videotaped deposits, but Microsoft seeks to stop this as they
consider showing the tape “adding an extra witness”.

Some of the rewards Microsoft gave to get exclusive deals with
ISP’s are mentioned and also Microsoft’s claims that Netscape wasn’t
harmed because 1.) its (now non-revenue) browser is still distributed
widely and 2.) its executives give rosy predictions of the future. Of
course, these points do not together show that Netscape is not harmed
as the browser may have brought in significant revenues in a
competitive environment, as it did before Microsoft gave away its
Internet Explorer for free.

By: Dan Goodin
URL: http://www.news.com/News/Item/0,4,27918,00.html?st.ne.fd.mdh
Published by: C|NET
Publisher URL: http://www.news.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Microsoft: We were set up
Comment: John Warden asked James Barksdale if the
meeting with Microsoft on June 21, 1995 was set up specifically to gain
evidence against Microsoft in an antitrust case.
By: Reuters
URL: http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/news/0,4586,2154975,00.html
Published by: Reuters
Publisher URL:
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Netscape ’imagined’ antitrust case, Microsoft charges
Comment: Microsoft denies that June 21, 1995 meeting
with Netscape ever took place. Furthermore, Marc Andreessen is quoted
as saying that he wanted to record the conversation as evidence for the
US government on antitrust issues and for future Netscape executives,
and James Barksdale is quoted as assuming that Andreessen’s motivation
was to record the meeting to obtain a better position in the way that
AOL did, that is, with the help of government pressure.
By: Will Rodger
URL: http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/news/0,4586,2153657,00.html
Published by: ZDNet
Publisher URL: http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: The Microsoft file: The secret case against Bill Gates
Comment: Some details regarding the sources of ms
Rohm’s book in narrative form. The identity of the persons giving her
information is preserved.
By: Wendy Goldman Rohm
URL: http://www.infoworld.com/cgi-bin/displayStory.pl?/features/981026msfile.htm
Published by: Times Business/Random House
Publisher URL:
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: The money’s too good
Comment: Could Microsoft’s consistently high profits in
a turbulent world economy and changing technology be caused by their
monopoly position? Salon Magazine believes so, and so do I.

Furthermore, John Warden’s claim that competition is simple by
pointing to the first months of Linux development – now seven years on
its way – is ridiculed.

By: Scott Rosenberg
URL: http://www.salonmagazine.com/21st/rose/1998/10/23straight.html
Published by: Salon Magazine
Publisher URL: http://www.salonmagazine.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Microsoft: Netscape set us up
Comment: The article discusses Microsoft’s turn from
claiming that the proposal for collusion was a “concoction” to claiming
that Netscape “set” them “up”. The latter may sounds nasty to
Netscape’s intentions, but they don’t undo Microsoft’s alleged action.
The “set-up” theory seems to serve mostly as a smoke-screen to draw
attention from the nasty fact that Microsoft’s lead attorney made
claims that those Microsoft employees that were present at the meeting
could have dispelled.

Also discussed is Netscape’s inability to live up to Intuit’s
demands for specific browser features. Of course, that doesn’t imply
that Microsoft did not leverage its OS monopoly to get Intuit’s order.

By: Dan Goodin
URL: http://www.news.com/News/Item/0,4,27935,00.html
Published by: C|Net
Publisher URL: http://www.news.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Netscape’s double edged documents
Comment: Microsoft’s “set-up” theory is layed out.
By: Susan B. Garland
URL: http://www.businessweek.com/microsoft/updates/up81026a.htm
Published by: Business Week Online
Publisher URL: http://www.businessweek.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: AOL exec details choosing IE
Comment: To be placed on the Windows desktop AOL had to drop any reference to Netscape on its site and couldn’t advertise with Netscape.

Microsoft’s claim that AOL chose MSIE exclusively for technological
excellence implies that AOL was not interested in having a place on the
Windows desktop. Highly unlikely.

By: Jim Hu
URL: http://www.news.com/News/Item/0,4,28017,00.html
Published by: C|Net
Publisher URL: http://www.news.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: PARTIAL MICROSOFT RESPONSE TO WRITTEN TESTIMONY BY GOVERNMENT
WITNESS DAVID M. COLBURN
Comment: Microsoft brief answering the pre-release of
David M. Colburn’s written testimony. Part of the response is a Steve
Case quote that can very well be explained as referring to Microsoft’s
strategy of integrating MSIE with Windows (the “modular approach”)
which would leverage MSIE to such a degree that Netscape would be an
unlikely long term partner given Microsoft’s control of the environment
in which these “modules” are to exist.

While on the one hand claiming that Netscape competed “vigorously” for the AOL position, they claim on the other hand,

To show that Microsoft’s deal was not exclusive, Microsoft points
out that AOL worked with Netscape on the GNN project – aimed at a
“different type of users” (different from the millions of AOL users?) -
and that AOL supported users that used and still use the Netscape
client. No answer is given to the restrictions that Mr. Colburn alleges
were put on AOL.

By: Microsoft
URL: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/trial/oct98/10-27colburn.htm
Published by: Microsoft
Publisher URL: http://www.microsoft.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: The big Microsoft turn-off
Comment: This article takes a brutally honest position
on Microsoft and also contains a nice quote from Bill Gates. Here is
the relevant section:

“If you say something he doesn’t like, he yells at you,” recounts
one respected analyst anxious to remain in Microsoft’s good graces.
“Once in a press conference, I asked him about the ’thin client’”
(implying that maybe Microsoft on the desktop wasn’t the answer to
everything), “and he said, ’What do you mean by that? You don’t know
what you’re talking about. Next question.’”

By:
URL: http://www.info-strategy.com/archive/showpage.cgi?vol=2&iss=6&page=pg24.html
Published by: Information Strategy Online
Publisher URL: http://www.info-strategy.com
Poster: Roy Bixler

Article title: Government throws heavy blows on day 6
Comment: The DOJ corroborated several of the
contentions in the evidence that were attacked by Mr. Warden. The most
important of these are first that Paul Maritz wrote to Bill Gates 20
days before the alleged market division proposal that a high-ranking
strategical goal of Microsoft was to restrict Netscape to Windows 3.11
and the non-Windows platforms. And second that Apple interpreted the
“partnership” with Microsoft (at this very moment Microsoft is dropping
Apple support from one product after another) as selling their browser
choice for having MS Office supported on their platform.
By: Will Rodger
URL: http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/news/1,4586,2156160,00.html
Published by: Inter@ctive Week Online
Publisher URL: http://www.zdnet.com/intweek/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Microsoft paid Apple $150m to settle QuickTime suit
Comment: Very interesting information about Apple’s QuickTime suit against Intel/Microsoft.
By: Graham Lea
URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/981029-000002.html
Published by:
Publisher URL: www.theregister.co.uk
Poster: David Boyce

Article title:

Posted 29/10/98 Microsoft paid Apple $150m to settle QuickTime suit

Comment: Apple’s engineers managed to significantly
speed up video under Windows by by-passing Microsoft’s graphics code
and speaking directly to the video hardware. Microsoft liked the result
and requested Apple for a free license of the technology. Obviously
this didn’t fit in Apple’s business model and they refused.

Key parts of the code were developed for Apple by a third party and
this sold the same code to Intel shortly thereafter. By this way
Microsoft got hold of it and put in into Windows95. Good reason for
Apple to sue Microsoft and good reason for Microsoft to settle out of
court for the well-known $150 million non-voting stock.

By: Graham Lea
URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/981029-000002.html
Published by: The Register
Publisher URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Degrees of freedom
Comment: The historical precedent of DEC suggests that
the result of having a single-vendor for complete system results in
stagnation. Just as third party vendors had a hard time getting their
products to work on DEC machines, they have these problems now with
Microsoft.

Migrating when being locked in a monopoly of proprietary technology
could well be a far costlier disaster then a slower growth with open
standards that is better spread among vendors.

By: John Martellaro
URL: http://www.32bitsonline.com/Issues/april98/comentjm6.shtm
Published by: 32 Bits Online
Publisher URL: http://www.32bitsonline.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Microsoft and Apple Affirm Commitment to
Build Next Generation Software for Macintosh
Comment: Press release on the infamous deal whereby
Apple agrees to do no business with Sun and Netscape and opt for the
MSIE browser and MS’s polluted java. Furthermore MS buys $150 million
non-voting stock in Apple and will ship “future versions” of its Office
suite and “other tools” to the Mac platform.
By: Apple/Microsoft
URL: http://product.info.apple.com/pr/press.releases/1997/q4/970806.pr.rel.microsoft.html
Published by: Apple/Microsoft
Publisher URL: http://www.apple.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Microsoft invested in Apple: not true
Comment: Forum on an article in “The Register” detailing how Microsoft obtained Apple’s QuickTime code illegally and put it into Windows.

I store value on the anonymous sources that say that the $150
million mentioned in “The Register” was certainly not the settlement
for the QuickTime lawsuit, which would have been more closely to a $400
million payment to Apple.

By: Slashdot forum
URL: http://slashdot.org/articles/98/10/29/171203.shtml
Published by: Slashdot.org
Publisher URL: http://slashdot.org/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: WebTV drops plans for java support
Comment: WebTV’s original enthouasiasm about an open
standard java – the java-compatible logo was printed on the boxes – has
disappeared with its being acquired by Microsoft.

WebTV will not support java until its boxes will run WinCE with Microsoft’s proprietary non-standard java version.

By: Stefanie Miles
URL: http://www.news.com/News/Item/0,4,28136,00.html?st.ne.fd.gif.d
Published by: C|Net
Publisher URL: http://www.news.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Government to show Gates tape
Comment: For the time being, only the part of Gates’ videotaped deposit will be shown that is relevant for the Apple testimony.

More important than telling about what is to come is that this
article contains a quote by Microsoft’s senior vice president Paul
Maritz that indicates that Microsoft decision to integrate MSIE in
Windows was taken as an action against Netscape.

By: Dan Goodin
URL: http://www.news.com/News/Item/0,4,28184,00.html
Published by: C|Net
Publisher URL: http://www.news.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Gates deposition tape aired
Comment: This is an update of http://www.news.com/News/Item/0,4,28184,00.html , which announced that the Gates tape was to be aired.

The tape seems to have been quite uninteresting: Gates doesn’t
remember what the lawsuit with Apple was over, that MSIE acceptation
was a condition for the deal with Apple, and forgot that certain
e-mails were sent to him.

After fighting the complete showing of the tape, Microsoft’s
William Neukom is now complaining about this being an edited version.

The most loaded statements are quotes showing how Microsoft
employees proposed to use stopping the support of Office for the Mac to
inflict damage on Apple. So much for the friendship messages that
Microsoft send out to the world as a response to Mr. Tevanian’s
testimony becoming public.

By: Dan Goodin
URL: http://www.news.com/News/Item/0,4,28184,00.html?st.ne.ni.lh
Published by: C|Net
Publisher URL: http://www.news.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Microsoft: Linux a threat to NT
Comment: The alleged internal Microsoft memo detailing OSS and how to deal with it is acknowledged to be real.

It lists several successful products, and the advantages of the
open development model. The best way to “deny OSS products entry to the
market” is found to be introduce proprietary extensions to the
(Internet) protocols that are at present open for all to use.

By: Dan Goodin, Stephen Shankland, Paul Festa
URL: http://www.news.com/News/Item/0,4,28215,00.html?st.ne.ni.lh
Published by: C|Net
Publisher URL: http://www.news.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Gates forgetful on crucial e-mails and meetings
Comment: Info with several extensive quotes on the showing of part of the video material containing Gates’ deposit.
By: Will Rodger
URL: http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/news/1,4586,2159027,00.html
Published by: Inter@active Week Online
Publisher URL: http://www.zdnet.com/intweek/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: MS memos show execs keen on leveraging Windows strength
Comment: Several of the well-known quotes about leveraging windows from Allchin and Maritz are brought together here.
By: Charles Cooper
URL: http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/news/1,4586,2158739,00.html
Published by: ZDNN
Publisher URL: http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Gates testimony plays in court
By: Andrew Zajac
URL: http://chicagotribune.com/business/businessnews/ws/item/0,1267,8297-8298-17896,00.html
Published by: Chicago Tribune
Publisher URL: http://chicagotribune.com
Poster: Roy Bixler

Article title: Buying into Microsoft
Comment: What seems like cool technology on an
intranet, can turn into a nightmare once you get out to the Internet
where adherence to proprietary technology cannot be presumed.

What seems cool and cheap at first can turn out to be an expensive
nightmare. Message: opt for standards and competition instead of
proprietary technology and dependency on one supplier.

By: Robert B. Denny
URL: http://cgi.chicago.tribune.com/tech/frontpage/0,1714,3,00.html
Published by: Chicago Tribune
Publisher URL: http://www.chicago.tribune.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Technological Stone Age at Microsoft trial
Comment: The article tells about physical access to the courtroom and buying transcripts while not being allowed to tape.
By: Claudia MacLachlen
URL: http://www.callaw.com/stories/alm1102.html
Published by: The New York Law Journal
Publisher URL: http://www.nylj.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Reversing the charges
Comment: Once again, here is a case of Microsoft taking
the charges leveraged against it and trying to change the subject by
accusing others of engaging in exactly the behaviour. It might win
public relations points, but it is hard to see how it will help them
with the judge. When was the last time you heard of someone get out of
a traffic ticket by telling the judge “But, your honor, others were
speeding too.”?

It’s especially amusing when, at the end of the article,
Microsoft’s attorney makes the DOJ’s point for them by showing the
judge how non-intuitive it is for the novice user to change the default
browser.

By: Anne Knowles
URL: http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/news/1,4586,2160108,00.html
Published by: Ziff-Davis
Publisher URL: http://www.zdnet.com
Poster: Roy Bixler

Article title: An open letter to Microsoft
Comment: Following up on the “Halloween document”, a
report of a Microsoft engineer on how to address the potential danger
for Microsoft of free software, Tim O’Reilly wrote this open letter to
address how Microsoft has benefited in the past from open standards and
free software and that it can do so in the present.

It is interesting to see that the comparison of Microsoft with other autocratic systems is getting mindshare.

By: Tim O’Reilly
URL: http://oreilly.com/oreilly/press/tim_msletter.html
Published by: O’Reilly and Associates
Publisher URL: http://www.oreilly.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Memo angers open source advocates
Comment: Quote from Microsoft, defending the “Halloween” memo:

“Our strategy is to find ways to solve customer problems that are not being solved by commodity protocols,” Muth said.

And exactly how does limiting consumers to a Microsoft solution and
denying competition to the marketplace “solve consumer problems”
effectively? After all, Microsoft themselves wouldn’t have been nearly
as successful if the PC specification were a proprietary hardware
standard and the Internet couldn’t exist without standard protocols.

By: Mike Ricciuti
URL: http://www.news.com/News/Item/0,4,28356,00.html?st.ne.ni.lh
Published by: C|Net
Publisher URL: http://www.news.com
Poster: Roy Bixler

Article title: Microsoft memo touts Linux
Comment: Good overview of the major points in the second “Halloween” memo.
By: Mike Ricciuti
URL: http://www.news.com/News/Item/0,4,28397,00.html?st.ne.fd.gif.k
Published by: C|Net
Publisher URL: http://www.news.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: US Report: Linux rebels strike back at world-beating Microsoft
Comment: Ms Foley picks out some of the most
interesting tidbits from the discussion following the Halloween papers.
What is most interesting are the title of her article and its first
sentence: “The Linux community may not be the most genteel group ever
assembled, but when it’s war its members start fighting.”
By: Mary Jo Foley
URL: http://www.zdnet.co.uk/news/1998/44/ns-5953.html
Published by: ZDNet UK
Publisher URL: http://www.zdnet.co.uk/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: MS memo targets Linux
Comment: This article includes quotes from Linus Torvalds including:

“It’s fairly mild, and I got the feeling that the person that wrote
it actually liked Linux,” said Linux creator Linus Torvalds. “But maybe
I’m on drugs.”

and

“I think the Linux model is so strong that even if they try
something like that, it’s not obvious that it will work,” Torvalds
said. “I may be naive, but especially on the Internet… it’s fairly
dangerous to divert from the standard Networking protocols, such as
those for email and server communications, must be open and universally
compatible. When you have a globally accepted protocol it’s really hard
to try to abuse that protocol.

“That’s why it’s hard. But if there is one company that has the power to try it, it could certainly be Microsoft.”

By: Chris Oakes
URL: http://www.wired.com/news/news/technology/story/16084.html
Published by: Wired
Publisher URL: http://www.wired.com
Poster: Roy Bixler

Article title: Microsoft holds Avid stake
Comment: According to SEC Microsoft now holds 9.4% stock of Avid Technology. Avid is now releasing software for Windows NT.
By: Reuters
URL: http://www.news.com/News/Item/0,4,28465,00.html?st.ne.fd.mdh
Published by: C|Net
Publisher URL: http://www.news.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: QuickTime sabotage – more info.
Comment: This article outlines a problem with
Microsoft’s “rebuttal” other than the issues with undocumented Internet
Explorer behaviour or registry entries.
By: Jason Suitts
URL: http://www.macintouch.com/qtsabotage.html
Published by: MacInTouch
Publisher URL: http://www.macintouch.com
Poster: Roy Bixler

Article title: direct testimony of Avadis Tevanian
By: Avadis Tevanian
URL: http://www.usdoj.gov/atr/cases/f2000/2010.htm
Published by: US Department of Justice
Publisher URL: http://www.usdoj.gov
Poster: Roy Bixler

Article title: Judge laughs over Gates testimony
Comment: What is telling here is the judge’s incredulous question quoted at the end of the article:

After the hourlong excerpts played in court, the judge asked Boies: “How long did that deposition take?’’

Also, Gates claimed he doesn’t know what a ’non-Microsoft’ browser
means. Either he is committing perjury, he has lost his grip on reality
or both.

By: Associated Press
URL: http://chicagotribune.com/business/businessnews/ws/item/0,1267,8297-8298-18761,00.html
Published by: Chicago Tribune
Publisher URL: http://chicagotribune.com
Poster: Roy Bixler

Article title: Microsoft and Mainsoft Reach Windows NT5 Source-Code-Licensing Agreement
Comment: This is the press release announcing Mainsoft’s licensing of the Windows NT5/2000 source code.
By: Mainsoft/Microsoft
URL: http://www.mainsoft.com/pr-ntsource.html
Published by: Mainsoft/Microsoft
Publisher URL: http://www.mainsoft.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: MSDN News: Creating a UNIX Application Using the Win32 API
Comment: Some more information about Microsoft’s relationship with MainSoft.
By: Nancy Winnick Cluts
URL: http://msdn.microsoft.com/developer/news/devnews/novdec98/unixwin32.htm
Published by: MSDN (Microsoft Developer Network)
Publisher URL: http://msdn.microsoft.com/
Poster: C. Laurence Gonsalves

Article title: PARTIAL MICROSOFT RESPONSE TO WRITTEN TESTIMONY BY GOVERNMENT WITNESS
FREDERICK R. WARREN-BOULTON:
Comment: After the customary
introduction-with-adjective(s) of the person who they are reacting
against, Microsoft rehashes their well-known monologue that numerous
OS’s exist and that it is their own fault that they aren’t sold, that
there are no restrictions on distribution as distribution by download
is unencumbered (We could measure the relevance of downloading if
Microsoft would provide us the percentage of their software that is
installed from scratch after a download – we are not talking about
updates here.), that their software costs only part of the price of the
hardware (irrelevant comparison), that there are still many downloads
of Netscape browsers made (insufficient information to deal with
marketshare on Windows98 systems and that is what this is all about),
that the “unified user experience” of the Windows startup screen is of
crucial importance for users (which is false, but it would indicate
that competiting OS’s cannot replace windows without copying this “user
experience”), and even some silly attempts at to show that Mr.
Warren-Boulton “proves” Microsoft’s point at one place while
“contradicting” himself at another.
By: Microsoft
URL: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/trial/nov98/11-17boulton.htm
Published by: Microsoft
Publisher URL: http://www.microsoft.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Microsoft licensing fees under fire in court
Comment: How to retaliate if Intel were to decide to produce an operating system?

Joachim Kempin, who is responsible at Microsoft to keeping the OEM’s in line, wrote to the Chairman:

“If they decide to sell the OS for $1 and the [central processing
unit or CPU] for $200, they will get the OEMs on their side. Our
reaction could be to buy Nsemi [National Semiconductor] or AMD or both
and own the CPU and the [software] business. We would sell [software]
at $100 and CPUs at [$1 above] costs.”

Sounds like tying and predatory pricing is always on their mind.
Hm, see what happens now that Intel backs Be and Linux. What happened
to the IBM PC – clones taking over from the real thing – could happen
to Intel too.

Furthermore, the article contains some remarks on the court session
where Microsoft’s allegedly non-competitive pricing was the issue.
Microsoft’s lawyer tells us that Linux is a competitor, but doesn’t
seem to think that a “competitive price” has to be similar to the price
of a competing product.

By: Dan Goodin
URL: http://www.news.com/News/Item/0,4,29058,00.html?st.ne.ni.lh
Published by: C|Net
Publisher URL: http://www.news.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Japan probe favorable to Microsoft
Comment: The title makes it sound as if Microsoft was
let off the hook, but they still have to agree with the Japanese FTC’s
finding that lowering the price of Windows ’95 if an OEM agreed not to
bundle any rival browsers is an unfair business practice. It amounts to
a slap on the wrist.
By: Bloomberg News
URL: http://www.news.com/News/Item/0,4,29096,00.html
Published by: C|Net
Publisher URL: http://www.news.com
Poster: Roy Bixler

Article title: Howdy
Comment: Todd Jagger might be saying “howdy”, or it
might be Microsoft saying “howdy”. This “article” is actually exhibit
251 of the MS-DOJ trial. It describes how an ISP updated their home
page to use frames with Netscape Navigator Gold and got a complaint
from an Internet Explorer user about the “Warning: obsolete HTML
syntax” message they got when viewing the new home page. To get rid of
the warning, the ISP loaded the page into Front Page and just saved it
back. Apparently, Internet Explorer is looking for that Microsoft seal
of approval before it will work properly here.
By: Tood Jagger
URL: http://www.usdoj.gov/atr/cases/exhibits/251.pdf
Published by: DOJ
Publisher URL: http://www.usdoj.gov/atr/cases/ms_index.htm
Poster: Roy Bixler

Article title: AOL/Netscape Deal Not Linked To DOJ Case – Sun’s McNealy
Comment: Sun’s CEO Scott McNealy comments on
Microsoft’s ridiculous contention that the entire industry has been
turned upside down by AOL’s acquisition of Netscape.
By: Martyn Williams
URL: http://www.newsbytes.com/pubNews/121990.html
Published by: Newsbytes
Publisher URL: http://www.newsbytes.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Behind the AOL-Netscape deal
Comment: It was a revelation to find out why a
complicated three-party deal was made in which AOL buys Netscape
including the server software that Sun will subsequently license: for
tax reasons this division couldn’t be sold to Sun outright. This and
more background info on the deal is provided by this article.
By: Scott Herhold and Miguel Helft
URL: http://www5.mercurycenter.com/business/top/060057.htm
Published by: Mercury Center
Publisher URL: http://www.mercurycenter.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Microsoft: Netscape a “complete competitor”
Comment: Trial update after the last day of the testimony of economist Warren-Boulton.

The most interesting news is that Microsoft claims that the
government is “lying with statistics” by mouth of spokesperson Mark
Murray.

By: Dan Goodin
URL: http://www.news.com/News/Item/0,4,29374,00.html
Published by: C|Net
Publisher URL: http://www.news.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Bill Gates’ anti-trust statement
By: Bill Gates
URL: http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/news/0,4586,2172953,00.html
Published by: ZDNN
Publisher URL: http://www.zdnn.com
Poster: Roy Bixler

Article title: US ally quits case against Microsoft
By: Frank James and Vanessa Blum
URL: http://chicagotribune.com/business/businessnews/ws/item/0,1267,8297-8298-19786,00.html
Published by: Chicago Tribune
Publisher URL: http://chicagotribune.com
Poster: Roy Bixler

Article title: Microsoft Plans Stealth Blitz to Mend Its Image
Comment: Here’s an old article about more of Microsoft’s PR tactics. A couple of notable quotes from it are:

“I’ve been battling this type of PR gimmickry for a long time, and
I can smell it 40 yards away,” said Michigan Atty. Gen. Frank J.
Kelley. “It represents arrogance, and it’s personally demeaning to me.
[Microsoft Chairman] Bill Gates would have been better off if he or one
of his representatives had picked up the phone and called me.”

and:

“When it comes to knowledge of computer technology, I take my hat
off to Mr. Gates,” said one attorney general. “But if he wants to enter
the field of political intrigue, I say welcome to my world, Mr. Gates,
I’m ready to do battle.”

Personally, I would amend that 2nd quote to say “When it comes to
running a software business and specifically in recognising the value
of technological chokepoints like the operating system, I take my hat
off to Mr. Gates …”, but I have to be exact in my quotes. *shrug*

By: GREG MILLER and LESLIE HELM
URL: http://www.latimes.com/HOME/NEWS/BUSINESS/UPDATES/lat_microsoft0410.htm
Published by: Los Angeles Times
Publisher URL: http://www.latimes.com
Poster: Roy Bixler

Article title: Re: Notice of Intent to Terminate License Agreement #1107-3053, dated October 1, 1992
Comment: This is a follow-up on the “Notice of Intent
to Terminate” that Microsoft sent to Compaq threatening to withdraw its
Windows license. It spells out the demands Compaq has to fulfill in
order to prevent the carrying out of the threat. These are that
Microsoft Internet Explorer and MSN are to be given preferential
treatment on the desktop.
By: Don Hardwick
URL: http://www.news.com/SpecialFeatures/0,5,15622,00.html
Published by: C|Net
Publisher URL: http://www.news.com/
Poster: Case Roole

Article title: Is Microsoft trampling on Freedom of Speech?
By: Wendy Goldman Rohm
URL: http://www.mercurycenter.com/premium/business/docs/wendy13.htm
Published by: San Jose Mercury News
Publisher URL: http://www.mercurycenter.com
Poster: Roy Bixler

Article title: Microsoft: 27 dismissals and counting
Comment: This goes much along the lines of ’re-writing
history’ except that it relates to the Microsoft interpretation of the
evidence against it in the anti-trust case. Indeed, Microsoft corporate
counsel Neukom must have a vastly different perception of reality than
most when he says that Microsoft again plans to ask for dismissal of
the case because “the burden of proof is on the plaintiff [DOJ] and,
they have not accomplished that to this point.” Their reaction is, if
not to deny everything and dismiss all of their accusers, at least to
claim that there is nothing wrong with what they’ve done.
By: Mary Jo Foley
URL: http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/zdnn_rc_display/1,3443,2177070,00.html
Published by: ZDNN
Publisher URL: http://www.zdnn.com
Poster: Roy Bixler

Article title: USA versus Microsoft: the ninth week
By: Graham Lea
URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/special_report/1998/04/98/microsoft/newsid_239000/239804.stm
Published by: BBC News
Publisher URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk
Poster: Roy Bixler

Article title: Microsoft has a lucrative deal with Dell
Comment: Technically, Microsoft may not be violating
the consent decree because this deal they have with Dell involves
Windows NT but they sure are violating the spirit of the consent
decree.
By: Anonymous
URL: http://lists.essential.org/am-info/msg07412.html
Published by: Slashdot
Publisher URL: http://slashdot.org
Poster: Roy Bixler

Article title: The bully gets bullied
Comment: This article gives a nice account of the impact of the fake survey and other recent events on Microsoft’s credibility.
By: Don Crabb
URL: http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/comment/0,5859,2188184,00.html
Published by: ZDNN
Publisher URL: http://www.zdnn.com
Poster: (none)

Article title: IE 4.0 Removed from Windows 98!!!
Comment: 98Lite utility removes IE 4.0 from Windows 98 (reported on web sites included Sm@rt Reseller).

Quote from Sm@rt Reller Article:

“Is this then, Windows 98 without Internet Explorer? We thinks so.
If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and acts like a duck, we
think it’s a duck.

Windows 98 without Internet Explorer 4 is a working [operating]
system and Internet Explorer 4.0 is not a vital part of Windows 98.”

By: David Cardinal
URL: http://www.netbabbler.com/message/?forumid=7505&messageid=917555963
Published by: Netbabbler
Publisher URL: http://www.netbabbler.com/goto/?forumid=7505
Poster: David Cardinal

Article title: Microsoft Unable to Duplicate Video Claim
Comment: Here’s some follow-up to the video fiasco
(feel free to post to front page, Case). This is highly embarassing to
Microsoft. The best even General Counsel Neukom could do was to try to
minimise the importance of the video demonstration and change the
subject over to Devlin’s testimony of how good integration of Internet
Explorer into Windows is if you’re an independent software vendor who
is completely dependent on Microsoft.
By: David Lawsky
URL: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/headlines/bs/story.html?s=v/nm/19990204/bs/microsoft_43.html
Published by: Yahoo
Publisher URL: http://www.yahoo.com
Poster: Roy Bixler

Article title: Microsoft’s waffling on Linux
Comment: This article itself seems to waffle between
pointing out Muth’s contradictory stance on Linux (is it really a
Microsoft competitor or not?) and publishing Microsoft FUD on Linux
but, because of the independent analyst’s comments, it is a nice
article nonetheless.
By: Stephen Shankland
URL: http://www.news.com/News/Item/0,4,33414,00.html
Published by: C|Net
Publisher URL: http://www.news.com
Poster: Roy Bixler

Article title: Fortress Microsoft
Comment: Maybe Microsoft employees won’t feel cheated, because they’ve apparently lost their grip on reality.
By: Tony Seideman
URL: http://www.salonmagazine.com/21st/feature/1999/03/cov_08feature.html
Published by: Salon Magazine
Publisher URL: http://www.salonmagazine.com/
Poster: C. Laurence Gonsalves

Article title: Microsoft lawyer memo ’leaked’
By: Graham Lea
URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/990311-000010.html
Published by: The Register
Publisher URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk
Poster: Roy Bixler

Article title: ’I read all my e-mail’ – shock Gates admission
By: John Lettice
URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/990316-000006.html
Published by: The Register
Publisher URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk
Poster: Roy Bixler

Article title: IE5 Released – Not HTML4, CSS1 or XML Compliant
By:
URL: http://www.mozillazine.org/talkback.html?article=408
Published by: MozillaZine
Publisher URL: http://www.mozillazine.org
Poster: Roy Bixler

Article title: MS going for Linux sites over satirical slogans?
By: John Lettice
URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/990411-000004.html
Published by: The Register
Publisher URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk
Poster: Roy Bixler

Article title: Gates’ Comdex keynote skates over holes Win2k beta
By: Graham Lea
URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/990420-000002.html
Published by: The Register
Publisher URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk
Poster: Roy Bixler

Article title: Glowing MS figures mask major revenue decline
By: Graham Lea
URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/990421-000004.html
Published by: The Register
Publisher URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk
Poster: Roy Bixler

Article title: Trust no one (with apologies to ’The X-Files’)
Comment: Jeremy Allison tries to make lemonade by
pointing out that this points to the need to make Linux tuning
information more accessible.
By: Jeremy Allison
URL: http://www.linuxworld.com/linuxworld/lw-1999-04/lw-04-mindcraft.html
Published by: LinuxWorld
Publisher URL: http://www.linuxworld.com/
Poster: Rick Fane

Article title: Martha Stewart Goes to Redmond
Comment: Wired gives a lengthy account of this event with a rather amusing title. ;-)
By: Chris Stamper
URL: http://www.wired.com/news/news/business/story/19775.html
Published by: Wired
Publisher URL: http://www.wired.com
Poster: Roy Bixler

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