Novell v. Microsoft Case Offers Reminder to ISVs

A case involving Windows 95 and WordPerfect that even the judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit called a "straggler" may be at an end. The appellate court upheld District Court Judge J. Fredrick Motz's ruling dismissing the case as a matter of law after a trial jury in Utah failed to reach a verdict. Although the case is old, it still provides an object lesson for ISVs writing applications for a platform where the platform owner also develops first-party applications—the platform owner can always change the rules.

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