Not long after the release of Windows 95, almost everybody uses Word instead. Novell, the then owner of WordPerfect, filed an antitrust complaint against Microsoft in 2004. Novell alleged Microsoft abused its market lead by changing code that broke WordPerfect's Windows 95 support, and Microsoft led Novell to believe WordPerfect could run on Windows 95 without much work. Novell argued that changing the code not only locked WordPerfect out during a crucial period (Windows 95's launching) but also damaged WordPerfect's market share from near 50% to under 10%. (Then Novell sold WordPerfect to Corel at a $1.2 billion loss.)
Judge J. Frederick Motz on Friday dismissed this longstanding lawsuit. Jurors said they were "hopelessly deadlocked" and didn't see any extensions of deliberations solving the problem.
Jurors deadlock in $1B lawsuit against Microsoft
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