WASHINGTON (AP) -- Beginning the next legal step in the most important antitrust case since the AT&T breakup, software giant Microsoft told a federal appeals court Monday that it acted legally to promote its products and did not stifle competition.
Richard Urowsky argued Microsoft's case before all seven judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Microsoft, known for its Windows operating system, its Internet Explorer browser and Word processing program, has appealed a district judge's order that the company be split in two.
The federal government, 18 states and the District of Columbia sued Microsoft, contending that the company violated federal antitrust law by using illegal methods to protect its monopoly.
Urowsky attacked the government's chief argument, saying that Microsoft's bundling of its Explorer browser with Windows did not hurt rival browser Netscape.
Between 1996 and 1998, the period at issue, "Netscape's users increased 15 million to 33 million," he said.
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