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Thu Oct 20, 2011 1:32pm EDT
(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp used its monopoly position in computer operating systems to block the PC-sharing business of MiniFrame Ltd, according to a lawsuit filed by the small Israeli technology company.
The world's largest software company, which supplies the operating systems on 90 percent of the world's PCs, unfairly changed its licensing agreements and bullied MiniFrame's potential customers to prevent it from winning valuable contracts, the Israeli company said.
MiniFrame's SoftXpand software lets multiple users access the same PC operating system from multiple locations, using only a monitor, keyboard and mouse. The company said that does not violate Microsoft's original user agreements, which prohibit only multiple PCs accessing the same system.
The Israeli company claims pressure from Microsoft forced Hewlett Packard Co, JPMorgan Chase & Co and other large companies to drop plans to buy MiniFrame's products, costing it billions of dollars in sales.
In the lawsuit, filed in New York federal court late on Wednesday, MiniFrame is demanding more than $1 billion in damages.
Microsoft, which only this year concluded monitoring by the U.S. government following a settlement of antitrust charges in 2001, did not immediately respond to a request for a comment.
The case is MiniFrame Ltd v Microsoft Corporation, 11 CIV 7419, in the U.S. District Court Southern District of New York.
(Reporting by Bill Rigby in Seattle; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)
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this is the reason i never buy Microsoft products in competitive markets and this is the reason MS can not succeed in any markets with serious competition… love my android…
Oct 20, 2011 2:11pm EDT -- Report as abuse
Of course MS wants major enterprise users to buy multiple licenses if they didn’t then they’d loose out on billions. Imagine if every company in the world only had to buy a few licenses, place them on or two powerful systems and then let users remote in. The entire PC market would crash.
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