A US judge has asked to see a demonstration of a Windows system with removable features, despite opposition from Microsoft.
In the ongoing antitrust case brought by nine US states, District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said that she wished to see a "modular version" of Windows even though the Redmond giant claims that such a version is impossible.
The nine states have maintained that a modular version of Windows is feasible, and that this will allow competition to flourish.
They claim that Windows does not allow rival middleware to function, and that the operating system favours Microsoft's own software such as the Internet Explorer web browser.
The states will present computer engineer James Bach from Virginia to prove their argument.
Bach said that he has developed a modular version of Windows using Windows XP Embedded, and Kollar-Kotelly has insisted that she wants to see the technology demonstrated in court.
"I'm going to allow Mr Bach's testimony primarily for the reason that I think the information should be presented to the court," she said. "I should have it."
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