Novell vs. Microsft (Fair Play?)
Novell says the software giant didn’t play fair on the corporate battle field back in Windows 95 days, and Bill Gates is expected to testify. I’m really confused here about a corporation stating another corporation didn’t play fair. What’s this world coming too.
Johnson said Microsoft used “deception” and the “classic bait and switch” when it led Novell to believe it was developing an operating system suited to WordPerfect. He contends Gates removed a key component from and delayed the release of Windows 95 to keep Novell from gaining a foothold in the emerging home computer software market.
“Microsoft severely crippled Novell’s ability to produce a competitive product in a timely fashion,” he said. Novell didn’t get its PerfectOffice suite out until May 1996, too late to jump on the Windows 95 juggernaut. Meantime, Microsoft Office, containing Word and Excel, took off.
Attorney David Tulchin, who represents Microsoft, said the company did what good companies do. “Microsoft developed in a way that was best for Microsoft. That’s what it’s supposed to do. That’s what we call competition in our country,” he said.