Novell loses appeal in Microsoft lawsuit

microsoft11SALT LAKE CITY: A federal appeals court is throwing out Novell’s complaint that Microsoft undermined the Word Perfect writing programme in favour of Microsoft’s own Word programme with the Windows 95 rollout.

The Denver-based 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Novell has no viable claims left after the Utah company lost an eight-week trial against Microsoft in Salt Lake City two years ago.

The case was so important to Microsoft that it put co-founder Bill Gates on the stand for two days, saying he had no idea a last-minute decision to drop a tool for outside developers would sidetrack Novell.

Novell says the decision cost it time and market share, and that it was forced to sell WordPerfect for a $1.2 billion loss.

The 10th Circuit ruled that Novell’s complaint came too late and it failed to make the larger case that Microsoft was protecting a monopoly on operating systems.

source : Times of India