MS trial: questions about defining an OS

Educator David Farber took to the stands for the second day Wednesday in the Microsoft antitrust trial, and was asked to read the definition of "Web browser" in Microsoft's Computer Dictionary, which was published in 1997. In it, a Web browser is described as an application program, and not as part of an operating system. It even uses Internet Explorer as an example of a Web browser. Farber was asked whether he agreed with that definition.

"It's the one used by the majority of textbooks," said Farber, who argued that Windows 98 should be made more modular so that users could pick and choose the components they want.

Microsoft says that Farber's opinion is just that and that an Appeals court ruled in June that Internet Explorer was indeed integrated with Windows

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