MS/DOJ: Exec says IE-OS combo done for users

Microsoft Corp.'s goal in meshing its Internet Explorer browser with its Windows operating system was to help consumers, not put Netscape Communications Corp. or anyone else out of business, a Microsoft executive insisted in written testimony released yesterday.

Microsoft Corp.'s goal in meshing its Internet Explorer browser with its Windows operating system was to help consumers, not put Netscape Communications Corp. or anyone else out of business, a Microsoft executive insisted in written testimony released yesterday.

Senior Vice President Jim Allchin, who oversees Windows development at Microsoft, called integration "the holy grail of software development" in his written testimony, which the company posted on its Web site.

Allchin is next in line to testify for the software giant in its defense against the U.S. Department of Justice's antitrust charges. Paul Maritz, group vice president of the platforms and applications group, was cross-examined by U.S. government attorneys yesterday.

"Microsoft's vision of making Windows a great way for customers to access the Internet predated the creation of Netscape in April 1994," Allchin asserted in his testimony. "Moreover, our innovative efforts to supply a Web-like shell for Windows using the navigational paradigms of the Web was motivated not by competition from Netscape but by a desire to make Windows easier to use."

"We believe that the tight integration of Internet Explorer technologies into Windows benefits customers, developers, and computer manufacturers in ways that simply cannot be achieved through the use of add-on products from third parties," Allchin stated.

The federal government claims that Microsoft has used the dominance of Windows to squeeze other companies out of software markets.

Allchin's testimony is at

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/trial/mswitness/allchin/allchin.htm

Based in Remond, Wash., Microsoft Corp. is at www.microsoft.com/. The U.S. Department of Justice, in Washington, is at www.usdoj.gov/.

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