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When Microsoft pivoted to embrace the Internet, it quickly identified Java and Netscape Navigator as the two key middleware threats to Windows. Its aggressive response to those threats prompted the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate the software giant and then charge it with sweeping antitrust charges.

Netscape played an outsized role in the resulting historic trial, overseen by U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Penfield, in part because it was younger and smaller than Java maker Sun Microsystems. And because, by the time the trial started in May 1998, Microsoft was already well on its way to destroying Netscape.

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