2004 Anti-Trust Lawsuit Filed by Novel Against Microsoft Goes to Trial Today

Trial proceedings for the anti-trust lawsuit filed by Novell against Microsoft in 2004 starts today in Utah.

Novell, in the 2004 lawsuit, claims that Microsoft engaged in anti-trust activities with its partners to delay Novell’s software products from getting ahead in the market.

The court has since dismissed five out of six claims made by Novell. Only the final claim, regarding its Word Perfect software is to be decided.

Novell claims that Microsoft deliberately delayed the launch of its Windows 95 operating system to prevent Novell’s Word Power word processing software from gaining a foothold in the marketplace.

Novell is demanding compensation between $500 million to $1.2 billion from Microsoft in the lawsuit, which could compel Microsoft co-founder and former CEO Bill Gates to testify in court.

Microsoft claims the product was delayed due to some technical reasons and not because of anti-trust tactics.

“The law basically doesn't require people to design their products to the whim or demand of other companies. You get to design your own products. There isn't any legal obligation for us to do what they wanted us to do," said Microsoft attorney, Steve Aeschbacher.