Windows XP possible without Internet Explorer
Nine states have been suing Microsoft for a long time. The group is accused, among other things, of imposing its own programs on users and thus harming the competition. Microsoft recently had to hand over the Windows XP source code to a neutral assessor.
This assessor has now determined that one the Windows XP operating system could also have a modular structure. This contradicts Microsoft's statement that programs like Internet Explorer are essential for Windows XP. One of Andrew Appel's main arguments is that Microsoft itself sells a modular version of the operating system under the name 'Windows XP Embedded'. This operating system, which is used for devices such as set-top boxes, enables the user to remove the Internet Explorer browser, for example. And that even though Microsoft itself says that such an operating system structure is technically not feasible. In addition, the assessor says that the Windows operating system has had a modular structure for years.