Washington–It really was a good week for Microsoft Corp. But the company’s spokesmen refused to tout it before the television cameras.

The defense team in the Microsoft antitrust trial entered the rebuttal phase of the case on June 1 with a new attitude. During the four months of the main case, which began on Oct. 19, 1998, daily declarations by Microsoft spokesman Mark Murray on the courthouse steps that it was “another good day for Microsoft”–regardless of how badly its witnesses had fared on the stand–became a running joke to those following the trial before U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson.

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