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Microsoft, Sony in Tech Fair Spat

March 21, 2002

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) _ Microsoft may be trying to soften its aggressive image, but the company drew the line at watching competitor Sony show off its PlayStation 2 game console at the world’s biggest technology trade show.

Deutsche Messe AG, which hosts the CeBIT computer trade fair in Hanover, asked Sony to remove 27 PlayStations Sunday after Microsoft Corp. complained, citing the show’s ban on exhibiting games, spokesman Detlev Rossa said Wednesday. Sony complied.

``We didn’t push the issue. We noticed it and we told Deutsche Messe AG,″ said Microsoft spokesman Tomas Jensen. ``We can’t tell anyone what to do or not do at the exhibition.″

Microsoft launched its own XBox game machine in Europe last week. It had the device at the show, but it was shut inside a display case that prevented people from playing with it.

Jensen said fair visitors were coming by the Microsoft stand and asking about XBox after trying out a PlayStation at the Sony stand.

CeBIT doesn’t want game devices on display because the fair is aimed at business sellers and purchasers. The eight-day show ended Wednesday.

Sony officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

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