The ongoing sanctions case against Microsoft took another bizarre turn yesterday when the nine prosecuting states abruptly withdrew their demonstration of a "removable features" version of Windows.
Prosecuting lawyers were due to call to the stand James Bach, a programmer who claims to have devised a "modular" version of Microsoft's Windows XP Embedded.
But Microsoft yesterday said it needed more time to review the ten versions of Bach's Windows and 67 CDs of supporting evidence it had received at the last minute.
Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly had wanted to see the demo next week and expressed frustration that the legal teams for the nine states had dumped the evidence on Microsoft at such short notice. "I cannot tell you I am happy about the way this has been done," she said.
The states have rejected an antitrust agreement reached last year between Microsoft and the US government, arguing that the company strangles competing middleware firms by preventing interoperability of their products with its Windows platform.
Earlier on Thursday afternoon, a computer science professor from the University of Colorado called by Microsoft testified that the states' modulised version of Windows would be flawed.
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