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Joachim Kempin

 
Microsoft Corp.
Senior vice-president, Original Equipment Manufacturers Div.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
This 15-year Microsoft veteran has been in charge of the company's sales to PC makers since 1987. He and his lieutenants negotiate annual contracts with them that set their prices for Windows and other software -- and lay out cross-promotional activities. Kempin previously ran the company's emerging markets business. Earlier, he worked for Apple Computer and Digital Equipment Corp.

EXPECTED TO TESTIFY:
Kempin will talk about Microsoft's rules for PC makers: They aren't allowed to modify or delete any part of the Windows operating system without Microsoft's permission. That means they can't remove the icon for Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser from the screen people see when they first start their computers. Microsoft argues that these rules are essential to assure that end-users have a consistent "Windows experience." Expect government lead attorney David Boise to grill Kempin about the Windows monopoly power Microsoft has over PC makers. The government charges that Microsoft abused that power to foreclose competition from Netscape Communication's browser.



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