SAN FRANCISCO--Microsoft has misrepresented the chronology of events in defending itself against charges by the Justice Department that it violated a 1995 consent decree on its marketing practice, Netscape Communications (NSCP) chief executive James Barksdale said today.
"They are pushing a little," Barksdale said of Microsoft in comments to reporters today.
"Is it integrated? That's silly. They give the browser away on the Macintosh, so it has nothing to do with Windows 95," he said.
He called Microsoft's tying sales of its Windows 95 operating system to its Web browser "a clear contractual violation [of the consent decree]. I think [government lawyers] have the facts and law on their side."
Barksdale's comments on the Microsoft antitrust case came at a press conference after a speech to a Pacific Rim technology and electronic commerce policy conference sponsored by the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC).
"If you reduce the friction of commerce [using the Internet], you change the whole way the world works," he told business executives at the conference. He touted major cost savings in moving corporate purchases of routine high-volume, low-cost items online.
At the press conference, Barksdale described Netscape's recent buyout of GE Information Systems' interest in their Actra Business Systems e-commerce software joint venture as strategic for Netscape. (See related story)
"We don't make a big distinction between international and domestic e-commerce opportunities. We go where the market is," he said. But he noted that Netscape's e-commerce software has been very popular overseas.
"Our Merchant System and Publishing System have enjoyed an intense amount of interest in Asia. Some of our early sales were in Hong Kong and parts of Europe. The telephone companies have been big pushers as service providers?more than U.S. telcos and companies."
He noted that the Actra-Netscape e-commerce software does not require use of Netscape's browser.
In other comments, Barksdale said: