Plans to build special 'Harry Potter' style computers for children are being blocked by Microsoft, a US court was told.
AOL has revealed plans to build special child friendly PCs while testifying at penalty hearings in the Microsoft antitrust case.
The internet service provider said that, if Microsoft was forced to create a stripped-down version of its flagship Windows software that could incorporate competitors' features, it could build the themed PCs.
AOL has claimed that Microsoft keeps companies from creating such products through its 'anti-competitive' contracts for the Windows operating system and Internet Explorer browser.
But a lawyer for Microsoft maintained that, if companies customised Windows, the Redmond giant would be putting its reputation on the line.
"No matter how crummy the customised version of Windows is, it would be using Microsoft's trademark. There's nothing we could do about it," the court was told.
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