Timewarp: Microsoft vs. Novell – 1994
In a $1 billion antitrust lawsuit filed by the creator of WordPerfect, Bill Gates took to the stand and testified on Monday that “Microsoft’s Windows 95 rollout presented the most challenges in the company’s history”, leading to several last-minute changes to technical features that would no longer support a rival software maker’s word processor.
“We worked super hard,” the Microsoft co-founder said. “It was the most challenging, trying project we had ever done.”
Gates was the first witness to testify Monday as Microsoft lawyers presented their case in the trial that’s been ongoing in federal court in Salt Lake City for about a month.
Utah-based Novell Inc. sued Microsoft in 2004, claiming the Redmond, Wash., company violated U.S. antitrust laws through its arrangements with other software makers when it launched Windows 95. Novell says it was later forced to sell WordPerfect for a $1.2 billion loss.
SOURCE: Associated Press