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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."
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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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