MS/DoJ trial in quotes

"It's very painful when you go home and your son asks -- 'Daddy, why is the government suing Microsoft?'" -- Anthony Bay, Microsoft's general manager for Internet Services Business Unit. (June 25)"What Microsoft is doing is patently illegal. Think about it. If you want to build computers, you've got to ask Bill's permission ... If Bill wanted to triple the price on Windows, what would you do? You'd pay, you wouldn't have any choice." -- Larry Ellison, Oracle chairman and CEO. (May 26)"It's a simple strategy. You take what you can't sell, you glue it into the operating system, and you raise the price of the operating system." -- Ellison referring to Microsoft e-mails submitted by the government as evidence of Microsoft's allegedly illegal attempts to dominate the Web browser market. (May 26)"Janet Reno and Joel Klein have one heck of a case against Microsoft that's going to make the Nixon tapes and Clinton video look tame," Scott McNealy, Sun Microsystems chairman and CEO. (November 4)"I can't delve into their mental process, there's many paths to making a mistake." -- Microsoft Chairman and CEO Bill Gates on whether he thought the government's antitrust case was a misguided attempt to knock down a company that had become too rich and powerful. (December 2)Now, for specific quotes from the trial itself:

"I'd like to convince you to reconsider using our Netscape client, and apologise for the miscommunication... Microsoft is the de facto standard 'client' software company and we have never planned to complete with you, so we have never considered a 'client' as being our business." -- Jim Clark, Netscape founder and chairman in a December 1994 e-mail message to Microsoft encouraging the company to use Netscape's client software and to take a stake in the company. (October 22)"I regard him as a salesman." -- Jim Barksdale, president and CEO of Netscape Communications, in his testimony in response to a question as to whether he regards Netscape Chairman Jim Clark "as a truthful man." (October 22)"Well, at one time, we were the Allies and they were the Axis powers." -- Barksdale, in his testimony regarding Netscape and America Online (AOL) and Microsoft. (October 26)"Everybody is totally dependent on Microsoft, because Microsoft is the 800-pound gorilla, you have to circle and sniff and be a good guy and try to get this stuff out of them." -- Barksdale (October 27)"I want to get as much mileage as possible out of our browser and Java relationship here. In other words a real advantage against Sun and Netscape. Do we have a clear plan on what we want Apple to do to undermine Sun?" -- Gates in an e-mail to subordinates on August 8, 1997 after Microsoft and Apple entered into a pact, quoted in the trial. (November 2) "Yes, we're talking about knifing the baby." -- Microsoft's Christopher Phillips, business development manager for Microsoft multimedia APIs (application programming interfaces) and DirectX, as quoted by Apple Computer Senior Vice President for Software Development Avie Tevanian regarding the alleged stifling of Apple's QuickTime software. (November 5)"He (Gates) he was very upset that we were making investments in software." -- Steven McGeady, vice president at Intel in his testimony. (November 9)"'I'm not going to do shit for you. I am the king of the world, you know. You're going to do this for me because I'm AT&T." -- Tom Evslin, the AT&T executive as quoted by Microsoft Vice President Brad Silverberg in his deposition on the terms AT&T would need to follow to be part of the Windows desktop online services folder. Microsoft attorney Michael Lacovara quoted from Silverberg's deposition in court. (November 30)"If Microsoft successfully fragments the Java technology, the cross platform benefits to vendors, developers, and users of the Java technology will be damaged, and any threat the Java technology poses to Microsoft's dominant Windows operating system will be neutralised." -- James Gosling, vice president of Sun, who developed Java in 1991 in written testimony. (December 1)"This is analogous to adding to the English language words and phrases that cannot be understood by anyone else." -- Gosling on his take on Microsoft's implementation of Java. (December 1)"Java would instantly become a galactic standard. But there are many problems. Personally, I just don't trust them. The planet is littered with companies that did deals with Microsoft expecting to win big but ended up getting totally screwed . . . We see Java as a way to attack the evil empire." -- Gosling in an 1995 e-mail message to McNealy and others cited in the trial. (December 2)"Often when Microsoft was holding out their hand there was a knife in it and they were expecting us to grab the blade." -- Gosling's testimony. (December 10)"We are being roughed up by the 1000-pound gorilla of the industry." -- Steve Wadsworth, vice president of Walt Disney subsidiary, the Buena Vista Internet Group, on striking an agreement with Microsoft for an icon on Active Desktop and virtually being prohibited from using Netscape's rival software. (December 15)

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