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Bill Gates Called To Testify In Antitrust Trial Over Windows 95; No This Isn't An Old Post

from the the-wheels-of-justice-turn-slowly dept

Thought that Microsoft's antitrust troubles from a decade plus ago were all settled and over with, beyond a little monitoring? Think again. The case involving Novell is continuing onward... and lined up on the docket to testify is Bill Gates, who's being called to explain some questionable emails he sent all the way back in 1994, which seem to suggest plans to use Windows to limit competing office productivity software offerings. Of course, perhaps if Novell hadn't been spending so much time and money fighting Microsoft, it could have spent more time actually building products people want.

Filed Under: antitrust, bill gates
Companies: microsoft, novell

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    Anonymous Coward, 18 Oct 2011 @ 10:40pm


    "WordPerfect was the defacto standard"

    WP was a DOS product then, with no mouse support. Meanwhile, Word for DOS had mouse support. WP was on life support, with customers looking for an alternative. Word for DOS would have won eventually.

    When Word for Windows came out, WP had nothing. That was when WP lost the game. Customers saw the new Word and decided, "At last, WYSIWYG."

    WP for Windows was a horrible buggy mess, which shipped late. They found out the hard way that reliability is something you design in from the start, not bolt on later when you suddenly realize you have a problem. Customers do not forgive software which crashes and loses hours of work. Look at how good document recovery is in Word and Libre Office.

    WP's loss of market share was almost entirely caused by management mistakes at WP. They thought they were going to get away with shoddy, but they faced a competitor who was just that crucial bit better.

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