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Bill Gates to Testify in Microsoft-Novell Anti-trust Lawsuit

This week, Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft will be visiting Salt Lake for testifying in an anti-trust lawsuit fought between Microsoft and Provo-based Novell Inc.

According to Novell Inc., anti-trust laws have been violated by Microsoft and thus they are seeking an amount between $500 million and $1.2 billion from the technology giant. This suit has been pending for 7 years now and the current scenario is that both the sides are showing no signs of backing down reported Fox 13 Now (opens in new tab).

Novell's argument is that Bill Gates ordered his company engineers not to disclose vital codes as well as reject WordPerfect of Novell as an app for Windows 95.

This has caused Novell's market share to fall from almost 50 percent to around 10 percent and on the other hand, Office program of Microsoft became leader of the market. Novell also said that they were forced to sell their WordPerfect for a loss of $1.2 billion two years after.

Novell claimed that, Indeed, Microsoft's Chairman and CEO, Bill Gates, instructed his executives to develop plans to retaliate against Novell for its cooperation with the government authorities investigating Microsoft.

Microsoft's lawyers denied these claims and contended that WordPerfect got rejected because it crashed the Windows system and the problem was unsolvable.

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