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Reuters: Judge orders Microsoft to surrender e-mail

Jan 29, 1999, 10:46 (1 Talkback[s])

"District Court Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson on Thursday ordered Microsoft to turn over several e-mails that government lawyers hope will help prove their antitrust case against the software giant."

"Maritz testified that the Windows operating system faces competition from the Linux operating system, which can be loaded for free from the World Wide Web or purchased from any one of several producers."

"Linux is a very complete and sophisticated operating system," said Maritz, Microsoft's group vice president for platforms and applications. "There are and will be large numbers of applications available for it."

"But government lawyer David Boies later pointed to internal e-mails by Microsoft Chief Executive Bill Gates, to show that Gates does not consider Linux to be a threat."

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