Microsoft is set to go to trial to defend its business practices, which critics charge are anticompetitive.
Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle (D-South Dakota) weighed in with his first remarks on the case.
"I believe the Justice Department's (DOJ) antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft, no matter how it comes out, has encouraged
important public discussion of anticompetitive practices in the software industry," Daschle said in a statement. "High-tech industries are the key to America's future competitiveness, and we simply cannot afford to look the other way when serious questions are raised about allegedly inappropriate business practices."
The battle promises to escalate tomorrow. That's when former U.S. Court of Appeals judge Robert Bork, Jeffrey Eisenach, president of the Progress & Freedom Foundation, and Mitchell Pettit, executive director of ProComp, will address "how stopping Microsoft's anticompetitive abuse of monopoly power will benefit innovation in the high-tech industry" in Washington, D.C.
Microsoft has denied any wrongdoing.
As for Microsoft, the company released several new letters from politicians that appeared critical of the government's legal
actions against Microsoft.