The Canadian Competition Bureau has joined the US Department of Justice’s investigation of Microsoft Corp.’s $135 million dollar investment in Ottawa-based software company Corel Corp. Canadian officials, however, have been careful to express no more than a desire to investigate the issues. “I’m not even saying we do have concerns,” a spokesperson said.
The companies announced at the time of the deal that both would work to support Microsoft’s .NET platform. Critics charge, however, that Microsoft is trying to kill Corel’s Linux business software that could help promote the open-source operating system.
In related news, Microsoft has named Rick Belluzzo the new president and COO. Currently, Belluzzo is Chairman Bill Gates’ top lieutenant and head of the successful consumer division.