Microsoft lawyers, professor spar over Web browser definition

Microsoft lawyers and deposed Princeton professor Edward Felton spent hours Wednesday arguing about the definition of "Web browser." Felton was being deposed in preparation for Microsoft's antitrust trial, which resumes next week. Felton, you may recall, became infamous late last year when he wrote a program with a student that purports to remove Internet Explorer from Windows. Microsoft argues that Felton's program removes only the most obvious application but leaves "99%" of Internet Explorer on the system.

Today's battle, however, centered on the definition of the word "browser." Microsoft says that because Internet Explorer is so firmly integrated into the operating system, it isn't a single application program and thus it blurs the lines. Felton argued that Internet Explorer, conversely, is an application program like any other.

"The Internet Explorer browser is the product that consumers use to browse the web," Felten said.

"What software code comprises the browser?" argued Microsoft lawyer Steve Holley, alluding to the fact that installing Internet Explorer causes files to be added all over the system

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