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From: Dave Farber <farber () cis upenn edu>
Date: Wed, 09 Dec 1998 19:50:41 -0500
Government uses Microsoft's own dictionary against it
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Copyright © 1998 Reuters News Service
WASHINGTON (December 9, 1998 3:33 p.m. EST http://www.nandotimes.com) - The government entered Microsoft's own
dictionary into evidence at its antitrust trial Wednesday, which the government alleges is proof that the software
giant regarded its Web browser as separate from its operating system.
Microsoft says the Web browser no longer exists and that Web browsing functions are part of the operating systems.
Taking aim against that viewpoint, government lawyer Denise De Mory entered into evidence the Microsoft Press Computer
Dictionary, 3rd Edition, published in 1997.
The Microsoft dictionary defines the company's Internet Explorer as a "Web browser." A Web browser is defined in turn
as a "client application," that is, a separate program.
"Is that your definition?" De Mory asked Farber, a computer science professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
"It repeats exactly what I've been saying -- it's an application," said Farber.
Antitrust law forbids any company from tying a monopoly product to another product. But a company can defend itself
against a charge of "tying" by showing that it integrated two products to achieve efficiencies that benefit consumers.
[same thing happened with Operating System definition djf]
- IP: Love it Dave Farber (Dec 10)