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February 5, 2003—In this issue:
1. NEWS AND VIEWS
- Microsoft Responds to Sendo Claims
- Windows Scripting Solutions for the Systems Administrator
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1. NEWS AND VIEWS
(contributed by Paul Thurrott, [email protected])
In a filing this week with the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Microsoft denied that it secretly plotted to "plunder" UK cell phone maker Sendo, which sued the software giant late last year for allegedly stealing Sendo's intellectual property. Microsoft also filed a countersuit that accuses Sendo of breach of contract and asked the court for a change of venue. (Sendo filed the lawsuit in Texarkana, Texas, because the company has a small US office there.)
In 1999, Sendo and Microsoft forged a partnership to create a smart phone device, code-named Stinger, that would run Microsoft software. After years of delays, however, the companies dissolved their relationship and another Microsoft partner, High Tech Computers, debuted the first smart phone device in the UK last October. "The failure of the Microsoft/Sendo Z100 Smartphone project is due solely to Sendo's many and various breaches \[of agreements\]," Microsoft's filing reads.
Microsoft's filing also accuses Sendo of misleading Microsoft about Sendo's financial condition and progress with the hardware design. Microsoft also denies Sendo's claims that Microsoft promised to help fund and market the phone and made unauthorized disclosures of Sendo's technical information to other companies.
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