Microsoft unveils witness list for antitrust trial

Microsoft plans to call to the stand two MIT professors, two industry allies, and eight of its own executives when its antitrust trial kicks off, according to a witness list released by the company. The 12 witnesses will bolster Microsoft's contention that 'our inclusion of Internet technologies in Windows was designed to provide new tools and innovations for consumers and software developers,' William Neukom, Microsoft senior vice president for law and corporate affairs, said in a statement.

Microsoft plans to call to the stand two professors from the U.S.'s Massachusetts Institute of Technology, two industry allies, and eight of its own executives when its antitrust trial kicks off, according to a witness list released by the company.

The 12 witnesses will bolster Microsoft's contention that "our inclusion of Internet technologies in Windows was designed to provide new tools and innovations for consumers and software developers," William Neukom, Microsoft senior vice president for law and corporate affairs, said in a statement.

US District Judge Thomas Jackson told Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Justice that they each can call as many as 12 witnesses, a limit he set in hopes of preventing a drawn-out trial, scheduled to begin Sept. 23.

Microsoft's dozen includes John Rose, a senior vice president at Compaq Computer , and Michael Devlin, president of Rational Software. Both Compaq and Rational are close Microsoft partners.

From the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Microsoft tapped economist Richard Schmalensee, Interim Dean of the Sloan School of Management, who served on the President's Council of Economic Advisors under former U.S. President George Bush, as well as Michael Dertouzos, director of MIT's Laboratory for Computer Science since 1974.

Schmalensee is the author of six books, including "The Control of Natural Monopolies." Dertouzos, who consults for many Fortune 500 companies on technology, is the author of "What Will Be."

Microsoft witnesses include Paul Maritz, group vice president of its platforms and applications group; James Allchin, senior vice president, personal and business systems group; Joachim Kempin, senior vice president, OEM division; Brad Chase, vice president, developer relations and marketing; Yusuf Medhi, director, Windows marketing; Cameron Myhrvold, vice president, Internet customer unit; William Poole, senior director, Windows business development; and Daniel Rosen, general manager, new technology.

Microsoft, in Redmond, Washington, is at http://www.microsoft.com/. The U.S. Department of Justice, in Washington, D.C., is at http://www.usdoj.gov/.

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