The Register heeft weer zo'n leuk artikel over de Mikroschoft rechtszaak. M$ wil nu dat de hele case gedropt wordt, nu Netscape is overgenomen door AOL. Een stukkie:
Microsoft will introduce a Motion to dismiss the case after the DoJ has finished presenting evidence from its twelve witnesses. This is a common legal procedure, but usually has more in common with fisticuffs than legal merit.
It would perhaps have been better if Microsoft had not pre-announced its intention before all the evidence had been heard, but such moves are all part of the running PR campaign outside the courtroom. David Boies, the DoJ's special trial counsel, said that this is the sixth time that "Microsoft has proclaimed the government's case dead".
Microsoft is of course trying to suggest that the AOL-Netscape deal shows just how volatile the industry is, and is cheeky enough to claim that the case should be dismissed as a result. Perhaps Microsoft should re-read the Complaint that started the case: nothing has changed so far as Microsoft's business practices are concerned.
A cooler interpretation is that Microsoft's actions made Netscape vulnerable to the deal that will cost it its independence. Boies said: "What you see here is an exit strategy for Netscape."