Microsoft Corporation last week issued numerous subpoenas to its competitors, including Sun Microsystems, Netscape, IBM, Oracle, and Novell, seeking information that proves the companies conspired with each other in their bid to dethrone Microsoft. The information will be used in Microsoft's defense at the antitrust trial opening later this month. Sun said that its subpoenas deal with its UNIX and Java business partners.
"We believe that it is important for us to look for information about the companies colluding together to stifle competition. These are the exact issues the government has raised regarding Microsoft," said a Microsoft spokesperson. "It's unfortunate we have to look into this at the last minute before the trial."
The trial is set to begin September 23rd