Microsoft trial continues under shadow of AOL deal

The cross examination of economist Frederick Warren-Boulton continued this week at the Microsoft antitrust trial, which was thrown into a frenzy of speculation over the AOL/Netscape deal. Warren-Boulton discusses Windows competitors, both new (Linux) and old (OS/2) and the ways they've met resistance in an all-Windows world. Java, another potential Windows competitor came under special scrutiny by Warren-Boulton during his original testimony: The economist says that Microsoft moved immediately to kill Java by creating incompatibilities into its own version of the language in an effort to divide the market.

The trial is now in recess until next Monday. James Gosling, the creator of Java, will take the stand next week when Warren-Boulton's cross examination finishes

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