Novell's case against Microsoft goes to jury

Dec 14, 2011 By PAUL FOY , Associated Press
In this Nov. 21, 2011 photo, Bill Gates arrives to testify at the Frank E. Moss federal courthouse in Salt Lake City. Closing arguments are set Tuesday Dec. 13,2011 in a $1 billion federal antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft Corp. Novell Inc. claims the software giant duped it into working on a new version of the WordPerfect writing program only to withdraw support months before Microsoft's Windows 95 was released. Novell claims it was later forced to sell WordPerfect for a $1 billion loss. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart,File)

(AP) -- A two-month trial is ending in a Utah company's $1 billion antitrust case against Microsoft Corp.

A says he will turn the case over to a seven-woman, five-man jury on Wednesday morning.

. claims Microsoft duped it into developing the once-popular WordPerfect writing program for Windows 95 only to pull the plug so Microsoft could gain market share with its own product.

Novell says it was later forced to sell WordPerfect for a $1.2 billion loss.

Microsoft counters that Novell made a series of poor business choices that left WordPerfect struggling to catch up with Windows technology.

Novell acquired WordPerfect in 1994. The company - founded by a Brigham Young University professor and a graduate student - was wildly successful in the 1980s, making billions of dollars.

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