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Saturday, November 2, 2002 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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The top players

Through its four-year history, the Microsoft antitrust trial has engulfed numerous names and personalities inside the company, among competitors and in government. Here are some of the more noteworthy.

Top Microsoft executives

Bill Gates: Chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft. Testified over three days in the trial. Early on in the trial, excerpts from a videotaped deposition taken in 1998 were played to dramatic effect by the government's attorneys.

Steve Ballmer: Was just settling into his new role as Microsoft's president in 1998. His CEO title was added in January 2000.

Bill Neukom: Microsoft's first lawyer. Retired in June and now works for Preston Gates & Ellis, the Seattle law firm where he worked before joining the company. He was succeeded by Brad Smith.

Judge

Thomas Penfield Jackson: Trial judge. Was rebuked by the U.S. Appeals Court for talking to the media in the Microsoft antitrust case. Is still sitting in the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia.

Attorneys

Joel Klein: Formerly headed the antitrust division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and led the case against Microsoft. Is now schools chancellor for New York City.

David Boies: Former lead trial attorney for the Justice Department. Now back in private practice, and currently overseeing the forensic audit of troubled company Tyco International. Best known for handling Al Gore's election case in Florida.

John Warden: Lead trial attorney for Microsoft since the trial began. Is a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell.

Dan Webb: High-profile trial attorney from Winston & Strawn joined Microsoft's team during latest phase of the trial. Known for work as a special counsel in the Iran-contra cases.

Brendan Sullivan: High-powered attorney from Williams & Connolly who represented the states. Known for defending Oliver North in the Iran-contra hearings.

Notables who testified

for the government

Jim Barksdale: Former CEO of Netscape Communications and onetime executive at McCaw Cellular Communications. Started a venture-capital company, the Barksdale Group, which disbanded early this year. Started the Barksdale Reading Institute in his home state of Mississippi in 2000.

David Colburn: Former executive vice president at America Online, then AOL Time Warner. Resigned in August amid allegations of questionable accounting at the company.

Microsoft executives

who testified

Jim Allchin: Heads Microsoft's Platforms Group, and oversees development of the Windows operating system and the .NET unit. Part of Microsoft's senior leadership team.

Brad Chase: Retired from Microsoft in 2001. Had been marketing guru for Windows 95 and headed MSN with David Cole. Formed a company called Entspire, which in October started selling a Chase-created board game called Derivation.

David Cole: Heads MSN and is a member of the company's senior leadership team. Worked in a number of other capacities at the company before that.

G. Eric Engstrom: Was the general manager for MSN Internet Access. Left the company and founded the Kirkland-based Catalytic Software in 2000. Also founded Wildseed, a Kirkland company developing faceplates for wireless telephones.

Joachim Kempin: Testified about sales tactics during the trial. Stepped down as head of sales to computer makers for a position overseeing special projects.

Paul Maritz: Once regarded as the third-

highest ranking executive at Microsoft, he retired in 2000 and is now investing in and working with some developing companies. Joined the board of directors of Talisma, a Kirkland business software company, last year.

Bob Muglia: Formerly a group vice president in charge of Internet ventures at Microsoft. Became a senior vice president for the server division last year. Viewed as a "Mr. Fix-It" type at the company.

Cameron Myhrvold: Was vice president of Microsoft's Internet Customer Unit when he testified in 1999. Now a partner at Ignition Partners, a Bellevue venture-capital company.

Will Poole: Heads Microsoft's New Media Platforms division, which includes the company's digital-media business.

Dan Rosen: Former manager of new technology at Microsoft. Now leads the technology fund at Frazier, a Seattle venture-capital company, and is on the board of the Seattle-based Technology Alliance.

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