Microsoft threatens to take Windows 2000/XP off the market
Microsoft has threatened to take the Windows 2000 and Windows XP operating systems off the market if the states enforce their sanctions in the cartel proceedings.
According to Microsoft, the demands of the nine states that did not agree to the comparison between Microsoft and the Justice Department are not compatible with the architecture of the two operating systems. According to Microsoft's lawyers, the demand for a 'light' version of the two operating systems, without Internet Explorer and Instant Messenger, could not be implemented for technical reasons. From next Monday, when the cartel process goes into the next round, the judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has to decide whether and what sanctions the software manufacturer can actually expect. An independent expert, who has also been given a look at the source code of Windows XP, is currently checking whether a change to the operating systems is possible.