SALT LAKE CITY
Microsoft's Windows 95 rollout presented the most challenges in the
company's history, leading to several last-minute changes to technical
features that would no longer support a rival software maker's word
processor, Bill Gates testified Monday in a $1 billion antitrust lawsuit filed by the creator of WordPerfect.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates arrives at the Frank E. Moss federal courthouse in Salt Lake City
"We worked super hard," the Microsoft co-founder said. "It was the most challenging, trying project we had ever done."
was the first witness to testify Monday as Microsoft lawyers presented
their case in the trial that's been ongoing in federal court in Salt Lake City for about a month.
Utah-based Novell sued Microsoft in 2004, claiming the Redmond, Washington, company violated U.S.
antitrust laws through its arrangements with other software makers when
it launched Windows 95. Novell says it was later forced to sell
WordPerfect for a $1.2 billion loss. Novell is now a wholly-owned
subsidiary of The Attachmate Group, the result of a merger that was
completed earlier this year.