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Novell loses antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft over word processing software

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 30 Apr 2014 12:31 User comments (2)

Novell loses antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft over word processing software The U.S. Supreme Court has sided with Microsoft in a case in which it was accused of antitrust practices nearly twenty years ago.
Novell, which once developed word-processing program WordPerfect, accused Microsoft of witholding key software components while building Windows 95, thus making it much harder for rivals to build software that could run smoothly on the operating system.

By doing so, WordPerfect had its development severely slowed, said Novell, causing Microsoft Word to move forward and become the dominate word processing program. Novell had claimed that Microsoft "made its own operating system less attractive to consumers in order to crush competition and protect its operating system monopoly."

The Supreme Court Justices rejected the appeal and did not make any comment.

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Bloomberg

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12.5.2014 3:47

By doing so, WordPerfect had its development severely slowed, said Novell, causing Microsoft Word to move forward and become the dominate word processing program.

That should be "dominant."
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The Syntax Socialist

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22.5.2014 18:10

One thing I know from first hand experience. Up until Quattro Pro 5 never had any problem. No subsequent releases ever worked right! Thats M$ for you.

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