Israeli tech company sues Microsoft for unfair competition

Suit alleges Microsoft monopolizes operating systems and software markets

A small Israeli technology company has slapped Microsoft Corp. with an antitrust suit alleging the world’s biggest software company isn’t playing fair in the computer operating systems and software markets.

Israel-based MiniFrame Ltd. filed suit against Microsoft in New York federal court yesterday, claiming the company used its dominant presence in the tech sector to eliminate MiniFrame’s potential partners and customers, costing it billions of dollars in sales.

MiniFrame creates software that allows multiple users to access the same computer operating system from multiple locations. In its suit, MiniFrame says Microsoft, which supplies operating systems to 90 percent of personal computers worldwide, unfairly changed its licensing agreements to prevent multiple users from using its products. According to Thomson Reuters, MiniFrame also claims that Microsoft pressured big companies such as Hewlett-Packard Co. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. to not purchase MiniFrame products.

MiniFrame is seeking more than $1 billion in damages. Visit Thomson Reuters to read more about the lawsuit.

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