The Des Moines Register reported that the Microsoft trial recessed for the holidays on Thursday afternoon.  So far jurors have seen ten hours of the video taped deposition of Bill Gates and two hours of tape from a Microsoft competitor. 

The first live witness is expected to testify next week when an industry expert on liability issues is expected to take the stand for the plaintiffs.  I recently had the occasion to talk with Microsoft’s associate general counsel, Rich Wallis.  He thought jurors will pay close attention to live witnesses because so much of the case is being presented through video tape.

I am sure the lawyers, jurors and Judge Rosenberg could use the break.  Wallis told me the lawyers have been working about 15 hours per day during the trial.  Now that is what I call a full day.