Opinion: Win98 in the all-together…

…and therefore elements of the Gates vs US case are exposed

It is now abundantly clear that it’s easy to disconnect Internet Explorer from Win98. (Story: Windows faster without IE4...) That’s doubly interesting because of Microsoft’s claims in the US courts that separating IE from the OS shell is difficult. (Our extensive coverage: Microsoft on trial) It turns out that it’s not in the slightest bit difficult. So shouldn’t that be taken into consideration in the current trial? Our readers tell us that the same thing’s entirely possible with Windows NT as well. Isn’t it time for Microsoft to come clean on this one? ®

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