SAN MATEO (07/07/2000) - Microsoft Corp., which is embroiled in a legal dispute with the U.S. Department of Justice over antitrust issues, has added a Washington legal heavyweight, appellate lawyer Carter Phillips, to its legal team. Phillips and his firm, Sidley & Austin, will assist Microsoft's lead legal team, Sullivan & Cromwell, when the case resumes. Phillips is noted for his work before the U.S. Supreme Court, where the historic antitrust case may end up. U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson has sent the case directly to the Supreme Court, but the high court still could send the issue to the U.S.

Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit first. Phillips' last appearance before the Supreme Court was victorious; last month, the court sided with his team in ruling that police must read crime suspects their Miranda rights. Jackson in June ruled that Microsoft must be split into two separate companies.

NetObjects Inc. is offering its NetObjects Fusion 5.0, Dell Edition, through Dell Computer Corp.'s DellHost Web site. NetObjects hopes to attract businesses to the Web application building and e-services management technology through Dell's distribution network. Companies can download NetObjects Fusion through DellHost and, once they have created their Web site, can host the site on DellHost for a fee. NetObjects also will provide training and tools to DellHost site builders.

General Magic will offer hosting and professional services for MagicTalk, its voice platform for accessing the Internet. General Magic's professional services will include dialogue design, network management and operations, project management, and programming support for Java, C++, and VoiceXML development. The company also will offer MagicTalk voice-enabled, telephony-based products and services, such as VoiceXML Web sites. The MagicTalk voice platform works with VoiceXML to display Web information in digitized speech.

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