Billionaire and the Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill gates testified Monday in a $1 billion antitrust lawsuit filed against the software giant by Novell, the creator of former Microsoft rival WordPerfect.
According to the Associated Press, Gates, wearing a gray suit and a yellow tie, began his testimony narrating the ideals that has seen Microsoft become one of the most popular brands today.
"We thought everybody would have a personal computer on every desk and in every home," Gates said in a hearing expected to last all day. "We wanted to be there and be the first."
In the lawsuit launched in 2004, Novell claims Microsoft held back vital technical information required to make Novell's WordPerfect and Quattro Pro products compatible with Windows 95 after Microsoft had promised its support for the two applications.
Gates in fact ordered Microsoft engineers to reject WordPerfect as a Windows 95 word processing application because he was afraid of competition according to claims by Novell. The company says Microsoft’s actions resulted in major loss of market share and the company is now seeking around $1 billion in damages.
But according to Microsoft lawyer David Tulchin, Gates refused to install WordPerfect because it endangered Windows and couldn't be fixed in time before it launched.
Microsoft wants the case dismissed after it described the claims as groundless.
Judge expresses doubt
On Friday, U.S. District Judge Frederick Motz, was said to have openly expressed doubts about the merit of Novell's claims.
"I don't see why I have to give a product to a competitor so he can beat me," Associated Press reports quoted Motz as telling Novell attorneys.