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Antitrust case against Microsoft goes to jury

Federal jury to get US company's $1 billion antitrust case against Microsoft By The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) ' A judge says he will turn the $1 billion antitrust case against Microsoft Corp. over to a jury Wednesday morning.

Novell Inc. claims Microsoft duped it into developing the once-popular WordPerfect writing program for Windows 95, only to pull the plug so Microsoft could gain market share with its own product.

Novell says it was later forced to sell WordPerfect for a $1.2 billion loss.

Microsoft counters that Novell made a series of poor business choices that left WordPerfect struggling to catch up with Windows technology.

Novell acquired WordPerfect in 1994. The company was wildly successful in the 1980s, making billions of dollars.

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