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During the Caldera-Microsoft lawsuit last year there was something of a spat over the apparent leakage of court documents to the press. That fizzled out without coming to any worthwhile conclusion, but what do we have here? Paul Maritz is due to take the stand next week, the transcript is due for release later today, but Dow Jones newswire seems to have acquired knowledge of what it is expected to say. Wonder how they got hold of that then? Maritz is reported to be "expected" to argue in his deposition (which Dow Jones "expects" to be 160 pages long) that the government antitrust suit threatens Microsoft’s survival. The outfit will no doubt be severely disappointed if Maritz turns out not to reason that Windows’ value for the industry is to provide a common software platform which makes it easier for developers to write applications. Dow Jones will furthermore be somewhat crestfallen if Maritz does not claim that the value of this platform will be reduced if PC makers are allowed to pick and choose which components they ship with their machines. Finally, Maritz is expected to deny he ever said anything about cutting off Netscape’s air supply, and to say that Microsoft did not bully Intel into dropping NSP. Dow Jones attributes its remarkably detailed expectations to sources close to the case, but doesn’t specify how close. We at The Register are puzzled by this, but are sure that, although the early leakage might seem helpful to Microsoft’s case, it’s just coincidental. ® Complete Register trial coverage

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